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Environmentalists, Water Utilities Seek Changes In TSCA Framework Rules

Environmental groups and water utility officials are looking for changes in the framework rules due for finalization June 22 that will implement the reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as signed into law last summer, with environmentalists fearing industry influence and utilities looking for EPA to describe an approach to prioritization.

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EPA registers first RNAi products targeting insects

EPA approves first genetically modified product targeting an insect pest and downplays risks to non-target species.

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EPA schedules peer review for two IRIS assessments

EPA plans a peer review for assessments of two chemicals that industry representatives say are not needed.

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Environmentalists challenge EPA's RMP rule delay

Environmentalists say the 20-month delay violates a Clean Air Act requirement that EPA implement rules “as expeditiously as possible.”

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EPA commits to weighing new glyphosate data

Administrator Scott Pruitt told lawmakers the agency will consider federal health data showing that exposure to the widely used pesticide does not cause cancer in its registration review.

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As Trump Seeks Elimination, NAS Offers Quiet Praise For EPA's STAR Grants

A National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) panel is offering quiet praise for a major EPA research grant program for its public benefits and careful planning -- a program that was cut by the Obama administration and is now slated for elimination by the Trump administration in its fiscal year 2018 budget request.

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EPA Advances TSCA Guide For Industry-Led Chemical Risk Evaluations

EPA has sent for White House review a guidance document for companies that want to conduct their own chemical risk evaluations of chemicals for EPA to consider in addition to or rather than the agency performing the reviews under its new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authority, a further step in the Trump EPA implementing the revised law.

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Farmworkers detail suit to stop delay of EPA applicators rule

Farmworker advocates say the delay of EPA's applicator rule failed to follow proper procedure and put applicators at risk.

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Scope Of 'Use' In TSCA Revision Seen Driving New Industry Data-Sharing

If EPA opts to narrowly consider chemicals' "uses" when it reviews their safety under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), it could prompt manufacturers to enter data-sharing deals on how their products are used and disposed of, and even limit some uses, in order to ensure they stay within the assessments' scope, an industry attorney says.

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9th Circuit Judges Doubt EPA Claim Of No Duty To Revise Lead Dust Rules

Two of three appellate court judges at June 12 oral argument doubted EPA's claim that it has no statutory duty to revise its lead dust hazard standards, which could boost environmental and health groups in their lawsuit that claims the agency is violating the Administrative Procedure Act by not updating the standards within a "reasonable" timeframe.

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