EPA has delayed implementation of 30 rules issued in the Obama administration's final months in order to give the Trump administration time to review and possibly withdraw them, including its Risk Management Program (RMP) facility safety rule, the 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets and the addition of vapor intrusion to Superfund site scoring.
Nanomaterial producers are eyeing a strategy for challenging EPA's reporting rule for their products by claiming that the agency failed to seek public input on certain information in the final rule, and that the incoming Trump administration could scale it back if a federal court agrees that the new data should have been issued for public comment.
The Trump administration has begun implementing its promised deregulatory agenda, blocking promulgation and implementation of recent Obama administration rules and preparing to begin implementing a deregulatory “action plan” at EPA and other agencies beginning as soon as Jan. 23.
EPA's final Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment of benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) omits a first-time dermal cancer risk estimate that was included in draft versions of the assessment, and explains the methodology to start including such estimates remains under development but could be addressed later in a separate analysis.
EPA's departing research chief Tom Burke is optimistic about the future of the agency's research program, its collaboration with other agency programs, including the toxics office responsible for implementing the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and even the controversial Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program.
EPA is clarifying when companies must substantiate confidential business information (CBI) claims under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by saying the substantiation is due “upfront” at the time the information claimed as CBI is submitted, after industry expressed confusion about how the agency is applying the new CBI requirements.
EPA has finalized the first risk assessments using a new federal process for weighing pesticides' risks to endangered species, adjusting certain modeling and species ranges in response to public input but postponing broader changes to the process until reviews of other pesticides, noting pressing legal deadlines.
EPA is opposing a petition by environmental groups that seeks a federal appellate court order to force the agency to update its lead hazard standards for dust and soil, which advocates and Democrats have long contended are too lax and expose children to potential lead poisoning.