Worker safety measures that EPA is seeking input on as part of its draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) rules to limit certain uses of three chemicals could become a model for use in other TSCA risk rules given the revised toxics law's mandate to consider risks to susceptible subpopulations such as workers, industry sources say.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the chairman of the House science committee, appeared to reject concerns from Democrats and their witness with the substance of an upcoming bill he is expected to advance seeking transparency in EPA's scientific process, arguing that medical privacy concerns are easily addressed and information that EPA uses for decision-making should be publicly available.
EPA's children's health advisors are poised to urge the agency to revise the lead and copper rule (LCR) to reduce lead in drinking water and strengthen EPA's lead-based paint hazard standard for lead in paint, dust and soil in a letter expected to soon be approved for transmission to the agency's leadership.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is pressing the Trump administration's nominee to lead EPA to commit to addressing the perfluorinated chemical (PFC) perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and aid communities impacted by the chemical in their drinking water.
President Donald Trump's early regulatory actions -- including an executive order (EO) on identifying two rules to withdraw for every new rule -- are raising questions over the implications for EPA's implementation of the updated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), including how it might affect the stringency of implementation.
EPA in a recent report to Congress is predicting that it will cost roughly $3.7 million to assess each existing chemical that the agency prioritizes for review under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and is also indicating that EPA is trying to increase staffing in order to meet the demands of the updated toxics law.
A federal appeals court in a mixed ruling is backing a lower court's dismissal of much of environmentalists' lawsuit seeking to force EPA to consult with federal wildlife officials on risks of dozens of pesticides to listed species, but is reversing the lower court's finding that certain claims were a “collateral attack” on a prior pesticide registration.
Chemical and other manufacturers are hailing the recently introduced Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to undo EPA's rule revising its Risk Management Plan (RMP) facility safety program, but the legislation's fate is unclear as it currently has fewer than 20 co-sponsors and it is unknown whether GOP leaders will give the measure floor time.
The fundamental weaknesses of EPA's scientific integrity policy -- especially its limited implementing procedures and lack of penalties -- leave the door open for Trump transition officials to circumvent the policy's goals of insulating scientists from political interference and allow them to review agency scientists' work before public release, according to environmentalists and other critics.
New fish consumption advice from EPA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is prompting criticism from a variety of stakeholders who say the advice is outdated and unscientific, although for differing reasons and with conflicting opinions about whether the advice is too lax or too strict in warning women against the risks of methylmercury.