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EPA unveils highly anticipated TSCA framework rules

EPA releases it TSCA framework rules for “existing” chemicals.

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As EPA Issues TSCA's Framework Rules, Bipartisan Law Faces Challenges

As EPA prepares to issue a trio of framework rules to implement the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), observers say the bipartisan law still faces a host of legal, budgetary, political, technological and other challenges that will test its durability and future success.

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Labor seeks to support suit challenging RMP rule delay

Labor unions say environmentalists may not represent their “distinct perspective” in litigation challenging the Trump EPA's delay of an Obama-era rule bolstering safety requirements at industrial facilities.

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EPA Weighs Labeling Rule After Critical IG Report On Pesticide Resistance

EPA is weighing a potential rule that would add new pesticide labeling requirements to stem increasing herbicide resistance, as part of a broad response to a critical report from the agency's Inspector General (IG) that found the pesticides office lacks sufficient controls for addressing risks posed by resistant weeds.

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ORD's New Deputy Expected To Lead Office's Overhaul, BOSC Selections

Richard Yamada, the new deputy chief of EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD), is expected to play a key role overhauling the office and selecting new members for its Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), the panel that reviews ORD's research agenda, as he is expected to be the office's political leader until a permanent assistant administrator is nominated and confirmed, sources say.

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Critics Of Potential TCE Ban Fault EPA Cancer Risk, Seek New Data Review

Critics of EPA's proposed ban on certain uses of trichlorothylene (TCE) are faulting the Obama administration's conclusion that TCE causes human cancers and are calling on the Trump administration to assess new data from worker studies released since EPA's 2011 Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) review of the chemical.

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Environmentalists, Industry In Talks To Revise ESA Pesticide Framework

Some environmentalists and pesticide industry officials are in talks aimed at improving federal reviews of pesticides' risks to endangered species, after industry officials urged the Trump administration to scrap the Obama-era framework process, but the talks have split environmentalists with others doubting the talks' usefulness and industry's commitment.

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EPA Preparing State Guidance On TSCA Trade Secret Information Sharing

EPA is preparing a guidance document for states listing the security and policy requirements necessary to protect confidential business information (CBI), requirements that states will have to meet to be able to receive information about chemicals from EPA as outlined in changes enacted in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) last summer.

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Pruitt urges Congress to approve pesticide fee legislation

The administrator urged Congress to approve pesticide legislation, which will help offset the administration's proposed budget cuts.

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EPA Toxics Director Seeks 'New Chemicals' Program Fixes Beyond Backlog

EPA toxics managers are working on a series of fixes to the agency's new chemicals program, which are intended to address the backlog of applications to commence production, prevent a similar backlog, and address related issues.

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