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Backing Industry, White House Touts Security Benefits Of RMP Rollback

White House officials reviewing EPA's draft proposal gutting the Obama-era update to the agency's facility accident prevention program sought to bolster the basis for the agency's rollback, backing industry arguments that the update was unnecessary and that rolling it back would provide added benefits by improving facility safety.

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Supporting Industry, White House Touts Security Benefits Of RMP Rollback

White House officials reviewing EPA's draft proposal gutting the Obama-era update to the agency's facility accident prevention program sought to bolster the basis for the agency's rollback, backing industry arguments that the update was unnecessary and that rolling it back would provide added benefits by improving facility safety.

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Court Rulings On Pruitt-Era Delays Seen Limiting EPA Stays Under Wheeler

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has pledged to carry on Scott Pruitt's deregulatory agenda, but his ability to do so could be boxed in by court rulings that struck down or limited Pruitt's stays of Obama-era rules while he reconsidered them, setting new precedents curbing Wheeler's ability to block the prior administration's policies.

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Science Panel Drops Markup Of IRIS Bill After Energy Panel Wins Jurisdiction

House science committee Republicans were forced to drop their planned markup of legislation redirecting the work of EPA's influential but controversial Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program after the House Energy and Commerce Committee won jurisdiction over the just-introduced measure, raising doubts about the legislation's future.

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Environmentalists Seek Pre-Trial Rulings In Suits On EPA Advisers Policy

Environmentalists are urging judges in three federal courts to rule against EPA’s efforts to dismiss before trial their separate but related lawsuits over former Administrator Scott Pruitt’s October 2017 policy barring agency grant recipients from serving on EPA advisory panels.

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Industry Groups Back EPA's Science Transparency Rule But Seek Changes

Petrochemical and other industry representatives are reiterating their support for EPA's proposed rule barring the use of science where the underlying data and models are not publicly available but they are also calling for clarifications that would expand the rule's scope, limit EPA's ability to grant waivers, better protect trade secrets and more.

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ATSDR's Strict Risk Levels For PFAS Driving Push For Tighter Protections

A federal health agency's recently released draft report recommending stricter risk values than EPA had adopted for two perfluorinated chemicals is already driving calls for tougher regulatory requirements, with a bipartisan group of House lawmakers urging EPA to reconsider its health advisory levels once the draft is finalized.

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EPA Declines To Defer To OSHA Rules In TSCA Existing Chemical Reviews

EPA is planning to consider workers' exposures to existing chemicals when it assesses substances' risks for possible regulation under the revised toxics law, noting that Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has acknowledged that its exposure limits for many chemicals are “outdated and inadequate.”

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Rare Mandamus Order Boosts Environmentalists' Bid For Stalled EPA Permit

Environmentalists' rare win on a mandamus petition earlier this year that forced EPA to quickly update to its lead-dust health standards is paying dividends for other groups pressing the agency to take actions they say are long overdue, starting with its renewal of a years-expired Clean Water Act (CWA) permit shortly after another court petition was filed.

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Echoing Dourson, House GOP Seeks To Return IRIS To EPA Program Offices

Echoing an approach advocated by former EPA toxics nominee Michael Dourson, House Republicans are preparing to mark up draft legislation that seeks to return both ongoing and new work of EPA's influential but often controversial risk analysis program to the agency's program offices -- similar to how the work was done in the program's early days.

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