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EPA's Beck Clashes With Environmentalist Over Key TSCA Rule Definitions

EPA's top political toxics official Nancy Beck and the Environmental Defense Fund's lead senior scientist Richard Denison are clashing over key definitions in the agency's final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemical risk evaluation rule, including whether the term “best available science” could be biased toward industry reviews.

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House Democrats reintroduce bill to suspend neonicotinoids

House Democrats have reintroduced a bill to require EPA to suspend certain neonicotinoid insecticides and conduct strict reviews of new products.

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EPA Seeks New Science Advisors, But Delay May Halt CASAC In Fall

EPA is poised to call for new experts to join two of its advisory committees, the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and Science Advisory Board (SAB), though the nearly two-month delay in doing so may mean that CASAC, which reviews the science underlying EPA's air quality standards, will be without new members before current members leave in the fall, effectively grinding that group's work to a halt.

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Democratic AGs fear regulatory reform bill would stymie asbestos ban

A group of 13 Democratic attorneys general says a pending regulatory reform bill in the Senate would block EPA from banning asbestos under the new toxics law.

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OCSPP agrees to IG calls to better plan adoption of comptox tools

EPA's toxics office agreed to better plan for the development and adoption of rapid computational toxicology technologies but proposed budget cuts could stymie the program.

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Nanotech Sector Urges Trump EPA To Delay, Revise TSCA Reporting Rule

Nanomaterial users and producers are urging the Trump EPA to further delay and overhaul an Obama administration nanotech reporting rule, arguing that the agency's recent draft guidance on the rule fails to adequately clarify compliance obligations and saying EPA's delays of other Obama-era rules help to justify their request on the nano rule.

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Latest EPA Drafts Of ETBE, TBA Assessments Maintain Risk Estimates

The Trump EPA has released updated draft Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessments for two petro-fuels chemicals that include only minor differences from earlier drafts released last year by the Obama administration, a finding that is likely to disappoint industries that have lobbied EPA to drop the assessments.

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EPA Scales Back TSCA 'Framework' Rules, Drawing Threat Of Lawsuit

EPA has released the three “framework” rules to implement statutory changes to address “existing” chemicals under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), though the agency scaled back the final versions of the rules, underscoring industry's influence while drawing sharp criticisms from environmentalists, who suggested they will sue.

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Environmentalists, Unions Ask Court To Stay EPA's Delay Of RMP Rule

Environmental and labor groups are asking a federal court to stay EPA's nearly two-year delay of an Obama-era rule strengthening the agency's facility accident prevention program, charging the delay is “plainly illegal” under the Clean Air Act and would irreparably harm their interests given past agency findings that chemical accidents continue to occur.

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Public interest group sues EPA for chlorpyrifos records

Backed by environmentalists, the group is suing EPA for failing to turn over records of its communications with the pesticide industry when it reversed plans to ban chlorpyrifos.

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