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More on Arkema's RMP plans

Arkema identified flooding as a potential threat to its Crosby facility but did little to update its contingency plans.

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Carper Scrutinizes EPA's RMP Program, Rule Delay After Texas Facility Fire

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the ranking Democrat on the Senate environment committee, is stepping up his oversight of Trump administration plans to cut funding for inspectors in EPA's facility safety program and its plans to delay strict new program rules after recent explosions at a Texas chemical facility that flooded as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

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Democrats press EPA on neonicotinoid reviews

The lawmakers fear that Pruitt's reversal of an Obama EPA proposal to ban chlorpyrifos could set a precedent for pending reviews of pesticides that harm pollinators.

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Panel Selects 4th, 9th Circuits To Hear Environmentalists' First TSCA Suits

A multidistrict litigation panel has randomly selected the U.S. appellate courts for the 9th and 4th Circuits to hear environmentalists' lawsuits challenging EPA rules for prioritizing and reviewing existing chemicals under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), though one environmentalist is backing EPA calls that the two suits should be consolidated in a single circuit.

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TSCA Rule Suits Will Test EPA's Discretion On Interpreting 'Uses' Definition

Lawsuits challenging EPA's initial rules implementing the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) will test the discretion courts are willing to give the agency on interpreting the law's definition of a chemical's “uses” that will determine when a substance is subject to the rules and must undergo a risk assessment, sources say.

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EPA seeks to consolidate TSCA challenges

For now, the agency's request sidesteps any effort to move the litigation to the D.C. Circuit, which is expected to provide EPA with more deference than the three circuits where the suits were filed.

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New IRIS Leaders Pledge To Shift Program's 'Paradigm,' Winning SAB Praise

Facing calls for its elimination, the new leaders of EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) are pledging to shift the program's “paradigm,” including working quickly to implement long-pending reforms, speeding release of its chemical assessments and making the program more relevant to partners inside and outside the agency, efforts that are winning strong support from agency science advisors.

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Environmentalists Say Texas Facility Fire Backs Need For Obama RMP Rule

Environmentalists say the fire at a Texas chemical facility caused by Hurricane Harvey backs the need for the Obama-era rule strengthening EPA's facility accident prevention program with new requirements for hazard analysis and streamlined release of facility data, though an industry source says the existing rule is adequate.

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Ewire: EPA downplays possible toxic risks from Arkema fire

EPA says “there are no concentrations of concern for toxic materials reported at this time.”

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Court Rejects Environmentalists' Call To Stay RMP Delay Pending Review

Federal appellate judges have denied environmental and labor groups' request to stay or vacate the Trump EPA's final rule delaying an Obama-era overhaul of the agency's facility accident prevention program, saying groups have failed to meet “stringent standards” for a stay, though the court also rejected EPA's request to slow briefing.

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