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FOIA suit targets industry role in EPA's TSCA rules

Environmental and government watchdog groups are investigating whether the chemical industry influenced changes EPA made to Toxic Substances Control Act rules before finalizing them.

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Texas Floats Arsenic Cancer Risk Value, Providing Model For Revising EPA's

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is proposing a cancer risk estimate for arsenic that -- while using EPA's strict default linear method for cancer risk calculation -- produces a much weaker value than the agency's controversial 2010 proposal, providing a model for how the Trump administration may revise EPA's if it seeks to do so.

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IG Reviewing TSCA Reporting Rule Compliance Ahead Of Program Updates

EPA's inspector general is beginning an assessment of industry compliance with EPA's chemical data reporting (CDR) rule and the agency's use of any data it receives to prioritize chemicals for regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), an inquiry that could provide oversight of the program just as the agency is overhauling it.

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RMP Case Shows Stricter EPA Oversight Of Facility Process, Attorneys Say

A recent EPA enforcement action against a Rhode Island metals company shows agency inspectors delving deeper into facility processes to bring complex cases and increasing civil, and potentially criminal liability, though it is unclear whether the Trump EPA will continue the more detailed approach, say attorneys who track enforcement of industrial facility safety rules.

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EPA Struggling With Perchlorate Review, Raising Doubts On Court Deadline

EPA is struggling to complete a peer review of the science and modeling underlying its efforts to assess and regulate the ubiquitous rocket fuel ingredient perchlorate in drinking water, raising doubts that the agency will be able to meet its court-ordered October deadline for completing the work.

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New Industry Coalition Launched On TSCA New Chemicals Review Issues

Bergeson & Campbell, a law firm that specializes in chemical industry issues, is creating a coalition of companies to craft uniform comments to EPA on industry concerns that have arisen with the agency’s process for reviewing “new” chemicals before they enter the market under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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Democratic states float arguments to vacate EPA's RMP delay

The officials charge the delay violates the Clean Air Act and is arbitrary and capricious because it misconstrues a federal arson finding as central to the Obama administration's regulation.

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EPA Urges 9th Circuit To Dismiss Suit Over Rejection Of Chlorpyrifos Ban

EPA is urging a federal appeals court to dismiss environmentalists' lawsuit challenging the agency's denial of a petition to ban the commonly used pesticide chlorpyrifos, arguing that considering the case now would be “premature and inappropriate” because the agency is still reviewing administrative objections to the denial.

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Environmentalists Sidestep D.C. Circuit In First Suits Over EPA's TSCA Rules

Environmentalists that have brought the first legal challenges to new EPA rules issued under the recently revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) have filed separate suits that sidestep the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, likely due to concerns that the court, which hears most challenges to EPA rules, would be more receptive to agency arguments.

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EPA Advisors Split On ETBE Risk Estimates, Raising Doubts On Completion

A panel of science advisors conducting peer review of EPA’s draft assessments of the human health risks of exposure to two petro-fuels chemicals is struggling to reach consensus, and appears that it will be unable to do so on risk estimates and underlying health effects that EPA used to estimate the chemicals’ potency.

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