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Former OSHA Official Urges EPA To List nPB As Hazardous Air Pollutant

Former Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) official and EPA science adviser Adam Finkel is urging EPA to list the chemical n-propyl bromide (nPB) as a Clean Air Act hazardous air pollutant (HAP), citing data from OSHA and elsewhere on nPB's risks that he says warrants the listing and rules to curb nPB emissions.

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Toxics Chief Seeks Input From OPPT Staff On Reorganization Proposals

EPA's career toxics chief is requesting input from staff within the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) regarding a trio of proposals he has floated for reorganizing the office, options under consideration as part of the office's ongoing efforts to implement the one-year-old statute reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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Rep. Smith seeks mechanism to correct IRIS assessments

The House science committee chairman is concerned that EPA has failed to amend risk findings when presented with new data.

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EPA Extends Deadline For Perchlorate Review, Forcing Request To Court

In response to industry requests, EPA is extending the public comment period on a report that will form the basis for a landmark drinking water standard it is required to set to regulate perchlorate, the widespread rocket fuel ingredient, though the extension will force the agency to miss a looming deadline and seek additional time from the court that is overseeing the long-delayed rulemaking.

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EPA Eyes Major Toxics Office Reorganization To Implement TSCA Reform

EPA is considering a major re-organization of its Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) to bolster its implementation of the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), weighing plans that include collapsing the office's current divisions, expanding the risk assessment division, and downgrading the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), according to documents obtained by Inside EPA.

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Chemical Industry Attorneys Call For EPA Rule Clarifying TSCA CBI Policy

Chemical industry attorneys are urging EPA to issue a rule clarifying its policy for substantiating companies' claims of confidential business information (CBI) under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) law, arguing the agency has provided limited guidance on potential exemptions and should seek industry's input.

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Military Charges California Draft Toxicity Rule Conflicts With EPA Policy

A proposed rule in California that would mandate use of the state's toxicity criteria over less stringent federal criteria at cleanup sites is drawing opposition from the military, cities and others, with the Defense Department (DOD) charging the proposal conflicts with EPA waste office policy on the toxicity values used in remediation risk assessments.

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EPA wins power to oversee biotech mosquito controls

EPA will oversee biotechnology products such as genetically modified mosquitoes that are used to control the pests while FDA will regulate products intended to protect humans from the diseases that mosquitoes carry.

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NAM defends meeting with Pruitt

The manufacturers group says it asked Pruitt to put resources into implementing the TSCA reform law and detailed its regulatory priorities.

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TRI data shows few facilities violating major programs, IG finds

EPA's Inspector General says a review of Toxics Release Inventory data shows very few facilities are out of compliance with agency air, toxics and water program mandates.

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