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In response to IG, EPA spending PRIA fees on new hires

Following a critical Inspector General report, EPA says it will spend pesticide registration fees on new employees to support pesticide reviews.

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Environmentalists, EPA At Odds Over Use Of Low-Priority TSCA Reviews

Environmentalists are urging EPA to aggressively use its data collection power in the revised toxics law for its plan to prioritize existing chemicals for review and limit designations of substances as low priorities for review, but the agency says data collection is time-consuming and that low-priority findings can help conserve limited resources.

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Staff Urges OPPT Leaders To Maintain TRI Program In Reorganization

EPA staff is urging leaders of the agency's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) to maintain the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program as a distinct unit in the ongoing effort to reorganize OPPT -- either by continuing to have a TRI division within OPPT, or making TRI a distinct branch within a new division.

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4th Circuit transfers TSCA evaluation rule case to 9th Circuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit is sending litigation over an EPA rule implementing the revised Toxic Substances Control Act to the 9th Circuit.

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Health Groups Sue Chemical Board To Require Release Reporting Rule

Health groups are suing the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) for failing to promulgate rules requiring industrial facilities to report their chemical releases following an incident, citing in part concerns that first responders were harmed after exposure to the Arkema, Inc. fire in Houston following Hurricane Harvey due to inadequate reporting data.

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EPA defends lengthy delay of Obama-era facility safety rule

EPA says environmentalists and labor groups lack standing to challenge its 20-month delay of the Obama-era facility safety rule, since few of the rule's “substantive” requirements are being postponed.

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EPA withdraws direct final formaldehyde air rule

EPA is withdrawing a direct final rule on formaldehyde emissions from wood products in response to adverse comments, and will pursue a notice-and-comment rulemaking.

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EPA withdraws formaldehyde air rule over missing test

EPA is withdrawing a direct final rule on formaldehyde emissions from wood products in response to adverse comments, and will pursue a notice-and-comment rulemaking.

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EPA Group Plans New PFAS Test Methods As Labs Grapple With Demand

EPA has created a new intra-office work group that is developing more validated test methods to address a wider array of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) than is currently available, an effort that could aid laboratories that face an increasing demand to conduct sampling analysis since the agency issued drinking water advisories for two such substances in 2016 but which are facing backlogs and limited funds.

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OPPT Hedges On TSCA Rules For Legacy Uses Of Persistent Chemicals

EPA officials are undecided on whether to assess exposures to, and manage risks of, legacy uses and disposal of persistent and biaccumulative chemicals under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), opening the door to a limitation that is already a feature of litigation over the Trump administration's rules governing TSCA assessments and chemical prioritization processes.

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