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Justices Grapple With Whether To Narrow EPA Regulatory Deference

Supreme Court justices at March 27 oral argument appeared unlikely to completely overturn a key precedent granting deference to EPA and other federal agencies' interpretations of their regulations, though several of the justices appeared open to the Trump administration's call to narrow the deference.

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Despite Past Controversy, EPA Plans Annual Reviews Of IRIS' Priorities

EPA is planning an annual review of its program office priorities for Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessments, a top official told lawmakers, despite controversy that the first such review stalled IRIS' work for months and led to charges that a top political appointee interfered in the review to drop the formaldehyde assessment.

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Environmentalists Hint At Suit If EPA Drops IRIS EtO Value From Air Rules

Environmentalists are warning EPA that any attempt to drop use of its conservative Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) risk values for ethylene oxide (EtO) when crafting air toxics rules would result in unlawful regulations not based on the “best available science,” signaling a likely legal challenge should the agency proceed with the approach.

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Stakeholders Draw Battle Lines Over TSCA, IRIS Programs On Hearing's Eve

The House science committee is holding a March 27 hearing that is expected to highlight major stakeholder divisions on whether EPA's embattled Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program or the agency's emerging toxics program should play the lead role assessing chemical risks.

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Environmentalists threaten suit to force oil spill rule update

Environmentalists say EPA's rules, which have not been revised since 1994, need to be updated due to increased spill risks from Trump administration plans to open vast coastal areas to oil and gas drilling.

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EPA Seeks More Funding For TSCA Program As Activities Increase In 2020

The Trump administration is once again proposing to increase the budget for EPA's toxics office, a rare bump up for an EPA program, as it works to implement the bipartisan reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), an effort that is a priority to industry and agency leaders as they gain insight on the resources needed to operate the new program.

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Despite Wheeler Pledge, EPA Seeks To Kill Lead Risk Reduction Program

The Trump administration is proposing to eliminate EPA's Lead Risk Reduction Program in fiscal year 2020 despite pledges from Administrator Andrew Wheeler and other top officials who said when unveiling an inter-agency lead strategy late last year that reducing children's exposures to the metal and its risks is a priority.

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New Jersey launches broad enforcement action on PFAS

Garden State officials issued a directive requiring five large chemical companies to provide data for a statewide assessment of the damage caused and to establish a fund to remediate the impacts" of the chemicals.

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Udall will not seek 2020 re-election

The two-term Democrat says not running in 2020 will allow him to better focus on climate change, the environment and other issues he see as “real crises.”

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After Democrats’ Call, EPA Releases PV29 Studies Previously Deemed CBI

EPA has released 24 studies for its draft review of the chemical pigment violet 29 (PV29) -- the first risk evaluation of an existing chemical under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) -- that it previously said was confidential business information (CBI) protected from release, a day after House Democrats attacked the CBI claim.

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