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California: Regulators eye tighter restrictions on chlorpyrifos use

The state pledges to clamp down on the chemical months after EPA reversed an Obama-era plan to ban the substance, though some environmentalists say the state's plan is too weak.

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EPA sends TSCA mercury inventory rule plan to White House

The rule is required by the new TSCA law and could help the United States meet its obligations under a United Nations treaty on mercury that took effect earlier this week.

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TSCA Reporting Rule Panel Splits On Changes To Existing Exemptions

A panel convened to inform a future EPA rule for reducing reporting for certain chemicals' uses is split on whether to eliminate long-standing exemptions for certain uses, with industry calling the move contrary to the group's charge and environmentalists saying the exemptions lack scientific basis, though EPA is seeking compromise to continue the talks.

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Ebell calls for EPA to shutter regions, overhaul science policy

The former head of Trump's EPA transition team details an aggressive agenda for EPA reform that would close every regional office and shift enforcement authority to program offices.

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Firefighters Seek To Block Industry Tool Said To Ease RMP Compliance

Washington state firefighters are urging Democratic senators to halt development of a novel dispersion modeling approach for assessing risks from toxic gas releases, arguing the federal agency and industry collaboration underestimates risks to the public in filings with EPA and other agencies, though an industry group says the method is based on sound science and may still be revised.

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EPA Declines Industry Call To Delay Nano Reporting Rule But Expands Guide

EPA has denied an industry request to delay the effective of date of the Obama administration's Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reporting rule for nanomaterials in commerce, but it has updated implementing guidance to better clarify reportable substances and is promising to answer additional questions in future updates to the guide.

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EPA TSCA Guide May Give Industry New Strategies For Risk Evaluations

Chemical industry officials say that new EPA guidance to third parties on drafting their own risk evaluations for the agency's consideration as part of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) may give industry new strategies for the reviews, but the law leaves several questions unanswered as it gives little guidance over how the process will work.

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Washington’s Monsanto PCB case remanded to state court

The federal court rejected all three of Monsanto’s arguments for asserting jurisdiction.

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In Pending Suit, EPA, Environmentalists Spar Over Lead Dust Rule's Status

Environmental, community and health groups are citing EPA's recent move to reclassify a rulemaking to update lead dust hazard standards as "inactive" to bolster their legal argument that a federal appellate court should compel EPA to move forward on updating the standards -- but EPA says the change is “semantic” and does not affect the lawsuit.

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Environmentalists File First Suits Over TSCA Prioritization, Review Rules

Several environmental groups have filed multiple suits over two of EPA's initial rules for implementing the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), pursuing challenges in several federal appellate courts claiming that the regulations violate the provisions of the updated toxics law and the Administrative Procedure Act.

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