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Groups threaten suit over ESA pesticide delay

Environmentalists threaten to sue EPA and FWS over the administration's decision to scrap an Obama-era review process.

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Budget deal extends EPA's PRIA program

The federal spending deal maintains EPA's authority to collect industry fees to help cover the cost of its pesticide programs, though talks over a long term reauthorization are expected to continue.

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EPA Leaves Door Open To PFAS MCL, But Warns Of 'Multi-Year' Process

A senior EPA water official is leaving the door open to issuing a federally-enforceable standard targeting per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a common class of drinking water contaminants, saying that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will consider setting the limit some states are seeking, though he cautioned its a years-long process.

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California DTSC Faces Debate Over Reach Of Review For PFAS In Carpets

Industry and environmentalists are battling over which per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) California's toxics department should assess in its proposal to list carpets and rugs containing the substances as a "priority product" under its green chemistry program, a decision that could drive how strictly the products are regulated.

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In RMP Delay Suit, Court Seeks List Of Pre-Trump EPA Regulatory Delays

Appellate judges hearing litigation over EPA's two-year delay of Obama-era revisions to the agency's facility safety rule are demanding that the Trump administration provide a list of all federal agency rules prior to 2017 where effective dates of existing rules were changed solely to allow time for a potential reconsideration of those regulations.

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EPA expands TSCA advisory panel

The new appointees include several from industry groups, as well as several representing states, a federal agency, environmentalists and others.

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District Judge Scraps EPA Pesticide Worker Rule Delay For Violating APA

A federal district court judge has vacated the Trump administration's delay of an Obama-era rule bolstering training requirements for applicators of certain pesticides, holding that EPA violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) in delaying the rule without seeking public input and that farmworker groups face harms from the delay.

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Agencies form group to improve responder notifications

EPA, OSHA and DHS will convene a “Chemical Facility Security and Safety Working Group” to “coordinate strategies, activities, policies and communication across governmental entities.”

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EPA seeks an extra 90 days to propose lead dust rule update

“While it is important for the proposed rule to be issued expeditiously, it is also important for EPA to have a clear and reasonable timetable,” EPA says.

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In IRIS Comments, DOD Queries Study EPA Uses To Set Uranium Policies

The Defense Department (DOD) is querying whether a 1998 study EPA is considering using in its upcoming Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment of uranium -- a study that is also the basis for several strict regulatory policies -- is appropriate, or whether the agency should instead use a 1949 study that could result in weaker limits.

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