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EPA Debates TSCA's Reach To Address Chemicals' Already Regulated Uses

Leaders in EPA's toxics office are debating whether their upcoming assessments of the first 10 existing chemicals slated for review under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) should address the substances' other regulated uses or whether to remove those overlapping uses from the scope of the TSCA analyses.

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EPA Cites Dozens Of Past Rule Delays To Justify Postponing RMP Update

EPA is touting a list of more than two dozen federal rules from 1983 to 2013 in which agencies have delayed existing regulations while weighing revisions to those policies, in response to an appellate court order to provide the list in a suit testing EPA's delay of an Obama-era facility safety rule while the agency reconsiders the regulation.

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API, EDF Clash Over New EPA Option For Protecting CBI Data Under TSCA

Environmentalists and oil industry groups are criticizing EPA's plan for using alternative names, known as unique identifiers, to protect proprietary chemical data submitted to the agency, though the groups are at odds over EPA's approach, with industry charging it does not offer adequate protections while environmentalists say it does not ensure sufficient disclosure.

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Environmentalists detail disasters since RMP rule delay

Their report listing at least 30 industrial incidents since the rule was delayed highlights their legal charges that the delay is harmful and should be vacated.

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Environmentalist declines seat on TSCA advisory panel

EDF's Jennifer McPartland says Administrator Scott Pruitt's plan to limit the use of scientific data on which EPA bases its rules was a factor in her decision.

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Environmentalist resigns seat on TSCA advisory panel

EDF's Jennifer McPartland says Administrator Scott Pruitt's plan to limit the use of scientific data on which EPA bases its rules was a factor in her decision.

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EPA withdraws lead paint dust rule from OMB

EPA says it withdrew the rule because a federal appellate court earlier this week gave it additional time to work on the measure.

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GOP lawmakers urge EPA to address methylene chloride

South Carolina Republicans and environmentalists are criticizing EPA's delay of an Obama-era proposal that sought a ban on paint strippers containing methylene chloride.

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IG reviewing EPA implementation of lead paint rule

The IG's review comes as EPA is scrambling to propose a stricter standard for determining when contractors must adopt safe work practices to prevent harmful exposures to dust from lead paint.

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EDF Signals New Chemical-Specific Path To Target EPA SNURs Under TSCA

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is warning that a draft EPA rule allowing a new use of an existing chemical is “legally vulnerable,” suggesting a new chemical-specific path for environmentalists to challenge EPA's approval of new chemical uses under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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