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Toxics

Environmentalists Urge OMB To Retain RMP Rule In Face Of Likely Rollback

Environmental, labor and public interest groups are urging White House officials to preserve and quickly implement the Obama-era rule bolstering EPA's facility accident prevention program, even as the Trump administration prepares to issue a plan that is widely expected to scale back the regulation.

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EPA updates TSCA inventory with active designations

The updated inventory will help the agency prioritize chemicals for evaluation and possible regulation under the revised toxics law.

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NAS Praises EPA's Efforts To Improve IRIS, Underscoring Congress' Action

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is praising EPA's efforts to improve its influential but controversial risk analysis program, the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), and even backs supporters' efforts to keep Republicans from consolidating the program with EPA's toxics office, underscoring steps Congress took in EPA's recent budget bill.

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EPA Details Plan To Craft Lead Dust Rule, Bolstering Environmentalists

EPA has detailed a lengthy list of actions it plans to take to update its policies addressing lead paint, actions that leave one environmentalist cautiously optimistic about the changes EPA is expected to make its lead-paint dust standard for when renovators in residential buildings must conduct abatement by a new court-ordered deadline.

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IG plans review of EPA's implementation of 2-for-1 order

The investigation marks the second in two days the IG has launched into issues related to Samantha Dravis, who recently resigned as head of EPA's policy office.

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EPA adopts new non-animal skin test for toxics, pesticides

The new method marks the first time that EPA's pesticides and toxics office have agreed to use the same non-animal test when approving new substances.

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Former EPA official 'gloomy' on ESA pesticide deal

“Each side has to make some serious compromises,” said Bill Jordan, a former deputy director of EPA's pesticides office.

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NRDC Urges EPA To Craft Perchlorate Limit After Review Backs Model

Environmentalists are renewing their calls for EPA to craft a drinking water standard for the rocket fuel ingredient perchlorate after a peer review panel found that the latest version of the agency's model to inform development of a health goal for the substance is "fit for purpose."

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Dow Suit Over Pesticide ESA Review Echoes Attacks On Obama BiOp Plan

Dow AgroSciences and other pesticide producers are suing to vacate the first federal wildlife agency biological opinion (BiOp) conducted with EPA under a novel Obama-era process for assessing the substances' risks to endangered species, part of a broader industry attack on the BiOp process that companies want the Trump administration to scrap.

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EPA overhauls OPPT leadership

The leadership changes come as the toxics office is in the midst of a reorganization that officials say is needed to meet the ambitious deadlines Congress set for implementing the revised TSCA.

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