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IG Official Touts EPA Scientific Integrity Chief's Power To Protect Research

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.

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EPA extends comment on possible nPB air toxics listing

EPA is extending the comment deadline for 90 days while it weighs whether to further delay a final decision on whether to list n-propyl bromide as an air toxic under the Clean Air Act.

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Inhofe offers Senate CRA resolution to overturn EPA's RMP rule

Industry hopes that introduction of the Senate resolution will bolster their efforts to repeal the rule.

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EPA Aims To Speed Chemical Reviews But Must Address TSCA Mandates

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.

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Chemical Sector Details Hurdles With EPA New Substance Review Process

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.

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CBO finds no data on budget impacts of bills to limit EPA's powers

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.

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States' Chemical Rules May Set Stage For Legal Tests Of TSCA Preemption

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.

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D.C. Circuit Poised To Hear CBD Suit Seeking ESA Reviews For Pesticides

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.

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Community groups resist House push to reverse EPA's RMP rule

A community alliance urges Congress to preserve the Obama EPA's facility safety rule.

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EPA Research Leaders Promote Relevancy, Value To Trump Administration

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.

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