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EPA publishes final TSCA reform inventory rule

The Toxic Substances Control Act inventory rule's publication in the Federal Register starts a six-month clock for companies to notify EPA whether they are subject to the rule.

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Senate EPW Democrats seek immediate RMP implementation

Democratic members of the Senate environment committee say immediate implementation of the Risk Management Program revisions would help save lives.

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Environmentalists, Udall Fault EPA's TSCA New Chemical Review Process

Environmentalists and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) are faulting EPA's “operating principles” for streamlined review of new chemicals under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), saying it fails to adequately address “reasonably foreseen uses” -- the same narrow approach EPA is using for existing chemicals that critics say is unlawful.

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Deputy EPA toxics chief details limited recusal

Beck's recusals appear to fall short of the broad disqualifications environmentalists had sought to limit conflicts of interest with her prior work for chemical industry as EPA implements the revised TSCA.

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EPA Diverts Staff To Implement Revised TSCA Reviews For 'New' Chemicals

EPA is diverting full-time equivalent (FTE) staff to help implement an updated process to streamline risk reviews for “new” chemicals as required by the overhauled Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), outlining a set of “operating principles” for the effort and vowing to release draft documents this fall offering further details.

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NRDC sues EPA over Nancy Beck FOIA documents

NRDC is asking a federal court to compel EPA to turn over documents showing whether Nancy Beck has recused herself from a host of toxics rulemaking.

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EPA Seeks To Expand TSCA Advisory Panel For Broader Representation

The Trump EPA is seeking to add members representing various stakeholders to an advisory panel created by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform law enacted last year, and is looking to candidates previously nominated but not selected to grow the size of Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC).

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Industry Sectors Split Over EPA Formaldehyde Emissions Standard Rule

Industry sectors affected by EPA regulation of formaldehyde emissions from pressed wood products are split in their reaction to the agency's latest direct final rule to alter or delay the emissions standards, with a consumer electronics association seeking another extension of compliance deadlines while other industry groups support the rule.

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EPA Retains Reliance On Audits In RMP Pacts Despite Doubts Over Rule

EPA's latest proposed settlement with a company for alleged violations of the Risk Management Plan (RMP) facility safety program includes strict mandates for independent audits to prevent future violations, suggesting the agency will retain reliance on audits in such pacts despite delaying an Obama-era rule to mandate audits as part of RMP.

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Environmental, labor groups oppose delay of RMP suit

Environmental and labor groups are fighting EPA's bid to postpone briefing in their suit challenging the agency's lengthy delay of Obama-era facility safety rule revisions.

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