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Energy Industry Opposes Adding Some Natural Gas Facilities To EPA's TRI

Energy groups are opposing an Obama EPA proposal to expand the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) environmental release reporting program to include some natural gas processing facilities, saying the rule would be at odds with President Donald Trump's executive order (EO) that aims to limit the number of new rules agencies issue.

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EPA Plans To Begin Reviewing Pesticide Tank Mixtures' Risks To Bees

EPA is planning to begin this year assessing whether pesticides mixed in applicators' tanks pose increased risks to bees, answering long-standing calls from beekeepers and environmentalists, as well as from a critical 2016 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, though growers have argued applicators need flexibility to mix pesticide products.

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Judge finds EPA failed to weigh neonicotinoids' species risks

A federal judge's new ruling backs environmentalists' claims that EPA failed to assess risks of certain insecticides as required by the species protection law.

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States welcome EPA's delay of pesticide applicators rule

EPA is delaying by 12 months implementation of an Obama-era policy strengthening training requirements for applicators of certain pesticides, winning praise from state regulators who sought the delay.

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EPA, Industry Spar Over 'Consensus' Need For TSCA Burden Reduction Rule

EPA and the chemical sector are sparring over the agency's claim that a panel convened to inform a future Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) rule limiting certain reporting requirements must reach “consensus” before crafting a rule, with industry arguing the rule is mandated and that legal options may be necessary to force it.

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Environmentalists seek broad recusal for EPA's deputy toxics chief

Dr. Beck is unlikely to be subject to the broad recusal environmentalists are seeking but they warn that failure to address their concerns could hamper TSCA implementation and subject some companies to public criticisms.

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EPA Delays Nano Reporting Rule Pending Potential Guidance For Clarity

EPA is delaying the effective date of an Obama-era nanomaterials reporting rule from May 12 to Aug. 14 while it considers crafting guidance on how to implement the rule, handing a win to the chemical sector that has called for the agency to repeal the rule in part because it fails to provide sufficient clarity on which substances are subject to its mandate.

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Looming Term Limits Raise Doubts On Fate Of Host Of EPA Advisory Panels

Looming term limits for members of several major EPA advisory panels are prompting questions over the fate of the committees that provide expert advice to officials on scientific and policy issues, including whether EPA will decline to renew existing members' terms in order to install panelists more favorable to the Trump administration.

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Dow counters environmentalists' new push for chlorpyrifos ban

Dow AgroSciences is urging a federal appeals court to reject environmentalists' latest legal bid to force an EPA ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos.

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Environmentalists Vow To Fight Industry Bid For Weaker EPA Pesticide Rules

Environmentalists are vowing to fight potential Trump EPA efforts to weaken Obama-era pesticide rules in response to calls from industry groups, some states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the agency to soften the regulations as part of EPA's efforts to comply with President Donald Trump's regulatory reform executive order (EO).

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