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Environmentalists, labor seek to intervene in industry RMP rule suit

The groups charge they will be harmed by weakening or vacating the rule and that the agency is unlikely to adequately represent their interests given Administrator Scott Pruitt's past opposition.

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EPA Aims To Streamline Pesticide Reviews, As Industry Seeks Greater Role

EPA pesticides officials are seeking to streamline pesticide reviews by improving international cooperation and reducing differences between the registration and re-registration review processes, arguing that approving newer, less-harmful products reduces environmental harm, while industry is seeking to self-certify some parts of the review process to further speed efforts.

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ACC's Beck, Vocal IRIS Critic, Poised To Join EPA As Deputy Toxics Chief

Nancy Beck, a top chemical industry representative and long-time critic of EPA risk assessments, is expected to join EPA next week as the new principal deputy assistant administrator in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) where she will play a key role implementing the revised toxics law.

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IG Urges EPA Update To Mercury Risk Value, Fish Advisory Approaches

EPA's Inspector General (IG) is recommending in a newly released report that EPA review whether it should reassess the human health risks of methylmercury, update the agency's risk communication advice for fish advisories for states and tribes, and improve approaches for developing and communicating the advice.

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EPA Cites TSCA Overhaul In Latest Denial Of Petition Targeting Chemicals

EPA is citing its ongoing work to implement the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as justification for what appears to be the third rejection of a petition asking for either testing or banning of chemicals since enactment of the TSCA overhaul, while outlining and expanding the minimum information it wants to see in any future petitions.

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With Bolstered TSCA Program, Few Surprised Over Trump Push To Kill IRIS

The Trump administration's proposal to eliminate EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) chemical assessment program as part of its fiscal year 2018 budget request is surprising few observers of the influential program, especially given the controversy that has surrounded it and the stepped-up efforts to bolster the agency's Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) programs.

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EDF Faults Industry Call To Ease TSCA Inventory Under Trump Cost Order

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is criticizing the chemical sector's call for EPA to ease implementation and reduce costs of its proposed chemical inventory rule, saying industry's bid to tie the request to President Donald Trump's executive order (EO) on reducing regulatory burdens is "wrong" and at odds with the revised federal toxics law.

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EPA struggling with deadline for 700-plus pesticide re-registrations

A top EPA pesticides official says the agency is struggling to meet a 2022 deadline for completing registration review of hundreds of chemicals, but expressed confidence.

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Stakeholders Clash Over Defining Risk Reviews In TSCA Implementing Rule

Industry groups are pressing EPA to provide more specificity in its risk evaluation process and the science underlying it for "existing" chemicals when the agency finalizes a rule implementing an overhaul to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), while environmentalists counter that doing so would be bad policy.

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Biotechnology Industry Seeks Nomenclature Change In EPA's TSCA 'Reset'

A bio-based chemical producers and users group is urging EPA to adopt changes to chemical nomenclature as part of its ongoing effort to update the inventory of existing chemicals recognized by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that would lower barriers to sale and use of bio-based chemicals.

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