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Environmentalists push EPA to complete delayed TSCA bans

Environmentalists are pressing the Trump EPA to finalize as soon as possible Toxic Substances Control Act bans on three chemicals, citing “well-documented health risks.”

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States, Industry Temper Criticism Of EPA Pesticide Worker Rules After Delays

Several state officials and the pesticide industry are significantly tempering their criticism of two Obama EPA rules aimed at reducing worker exposures to pesticides, saying the Trump administration's delay of the rules while it crafted new training materials to aid with implementation has helped to assuage some of their biggest concerns.

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EPA advisors to choose between panel service or grants

EPA says roughly 20 current advisory panel members will have to choose between keeping their agency grants or continuing to serve on the committees.

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Beck Defends Opposition To Using 'Exploratory' Science For EPA Rules

Nancy Beck, the former chemical industry toxicologist who is currently the top Trump toxics appointee at EPA, is defending her approach to regulation that critics have said favors weaker rules sought by industry, saying she focuses on using robust scientific studies for policies and not “exploratory” science to support costly rules.

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Pruitt Prepares To Axe Current Science Advisers, Driving 'Purge' Charge

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is applying his new policy barring science advisors from receiving agency grants retroactively to current advisors, a move that will force some to either give up their grants or step down from the panels on which they serve, opening the door to Pruitt making additional appointments and intensifying criticisms that the he is seeking to “purge” independent advisors.

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Pruitt order bars EPA grant recipients from advisory roles

Pruitt's directive reverses years of agency practice and is prompting fears that EPA will lose access to some top scientists in their fields.

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Sparking Fears, EPA Drops Use Of Orders To Control Some 'New' Chemicals

EPA has dropped its use of enforcement orders to limit some 'new' chemicals' uses that it had previously applied as a bridge before issuing a rule governing those uses, but the move is sparking concerns from environmentalists who fear it will speed chemical approvals and end a backlog of reviews but make short shrift of public health concerns.

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Arkema Fire May Complicate Pruitt's RMP Redo But Few Expect Stricter Rule

An industry attorney is acknowledging that the industrial facility fire sparked by Hurricane Harvey flood waters may complicate the Trump administration's effort to revise an Obama-era rule updating the agency's risk management plan (RMP) accident prevention program with new requirements, as environmentalists have argued the fire backs the need for the Obama rule.

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Industry May Seek EPA Guide To Ease Strict 'Off-Site' Enforcement Reviews

Industry officials may ask the Trump administration to provide greater clarity on how EPA reviews facilities' analysis of the potential impacts of accidental “off site” releases as agency enforcement officials are maintaining the Obama EPA's stepped up scrutiny of the analyses, an industry attorney says.

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Pruitt's New Science, Air Advisors Draw Heavily From States, Industry

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is poised to announce a new slate of scientists to serve on the agency's congressionally authorized scientific advisory panels, with the administrator's new nominees drawing heavily from states and industry groups, a departure from the past practice of appointing academics, according to a list of appointees obtained by Inside EPA.

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