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Despite Jurisdiction Fight, House Science Panel Slates Chemical Bill Markup

The House science committee is slated to mark up a revised draft version of its bill scaling back EPA's influential but controversial Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program July 24, despite having just lost a jurisdictional dispute with the Energy and Commerce Committee which had stalled a recently introduced version of the legislation.

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Environmentalists Charge EPA's Lead Dust Rule At Odds With TSCA

Environmentalists are signaling they are likely to sue over EPA's proposed rule strengthening its 2001 lead paint dust hazard standards that trigger abatement and protective measures in certain homes and facilities, arguing that the rule fails to adequately protect children's health as required by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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EPA Pact Backs Obama RMP Rule's Audit Mandate, Environmentalists Say

A proposed EPA settlement requiring a Missouri-based agricultural products company to perform third-party audits to prevent facility accidents undermines the Trump administration's roll back of equivalent Obama-era policies in the agency's Risk Management Plan (RMP) rule, environmentalists say.

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Backing Industry, White House Touts Security Benefits Of RMP Rollback

White House officials reviewing EPA's draft proposal gutting the Obama-era update to the agency's facility accident prevention program sought to bolster the basis for the agency's rollback, backing industry arguments that the update was unnecessary and that rolling it back would provide added benefits by improving facility safety.

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Supporting Industry, White House Touts Security Benefits Of RMP Rollback

White House officials reviewing EPA's draft proposal gutting the Obama-era update to the agency's facility accident prevention program sought to bolster the basis for the agency's rollback, backing industry arguments that the update was unnecessary and that rolling it back would provide added benefits by improving facility safety.

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Court Rulings On Pruitt-Era Delays Seen Limiting EPA Stays Under Wheeler

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has pledged to carry on Scott Pruitt's deregulatory agenda, but his ability to do so could be boxed in by court rulings that struck down or limited Pruitt's stays of Obama-era rules while he reconsidered them, setting new precedents curbing Wheeler's ability to block the prior administration's policies.

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Science Panel Drops Markup Of IRIS Bill After Energy Panel Wins Jurisdiction

House science committee Republicans were forced to drop their planned markup of legislation redirecting the work of EPA's influential but controversial Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program after the House Energy and Commerce Committee won jurisdiction over the just-introduced measure, raising doubts about the legislation's future.

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Environmentalists Seek Pre-Trial Rulings In Suits On EPA Advisers Policy

Environmentalists are urging judges in three federal courts to rule against EPA’s efforts to dismiss before trial their separate but related lawsuits over former Administrator Scott Pruitt’s October 2017 policy barring agency grant recipients from serving on EPA advisory panels.

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Industry Groups Back EPA's Science Transparency Rule But Seek Changes

Petrochemical and other industry representatives are reiterating their support for EPA's proposed rule barring the use of science where the underlying data and models are not publicly available but they are also calling for clarifications that would expand the rule's scope, limit EPA's ability to grant waivers, better protect trade secrets and more.

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ATSDR's Strict Risk Levels For PFAS Driving Push For Tighter Protections

A federal health agency's recently released draft report recommending stricter risk values than EPA had adopted for two perfluorinated chemicals is already driving calls for tougher regulatory requirements, with a bipartisan group of House lawmakers urging EPA to reconsider its health advisory levels once the draft is finalized.

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