A top official in EPA's inspector general's (IG) office is touting the power of the agency's scientific integrity official to protect against any threats to the quality of the data, after several House Democrats wrote to EPA and other agencies' IGs urging them to ensure they meet “high standards” of scientific integrity and independence.
EPA is aiming to speed its process for reviewing new chemicals that has been mired with delays since enactment of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), but it is having to balance efforts to accelerate the reviews with the need to ensure its process meets the requirements outlined in the law, says EPA's acting toxics chief.
Chemical companies are facing hurdles in their assumptions about what changes they will have to make to requests for EPA to review new substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as the updated version of the law is creating questions about what information companies must submit and is causing delays in review.
The Congressional Budget Office says it is unable to assess budgetary impacts of a bill to block EPA's power to reach enforcement settlements, and a measure to lift most permit mandates for pesticide spraying.
Several liberal states' efforts to advance aggressive toxics laws could set the stage for legal tests over what chemical industry sources say are lingering unresolved questions on when the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) preempts state chemical safety programs, with federal courts expected to have to resolve the uncertainty.
An appellate court is poised to hear oral argument next week in the Center for Biological Diversity's (CBD) suit seeking deadlines for EPA to consult with other agencies on the insecticide cyantraniliprole's risk to endangered species, part of their legal bid to force use of a new federal process for weighing impacts to species in reviews of new pesticides.
EPA's research leaders are seeking to demonstrate the value of the Office of Research and Development (ORD), emphasizing during a recent introductory meeting with Trump administration officials the provisions in environmental statutes that mandate various research programs, ORD's emergency and technical assistance, and other activities.