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Pruitt's Science Plan Faces Host Of Legal Hurdles; Some Doubt Promulgation

Administrator Scott Pruitt's plan requiring EPA to use only publicly available information to justify its regulatory decisions faces a host of legal hurdles, industry officials and environmentalists say, including vague or undefined terminology, statutory mandates likely at odds with the rule and potential violations of administrative law.

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Environmentalists petition EPA for PFOA, PFAS rules

An Ohio environmental group has petitioned EPA to set enforceable water standards to limit PFOA and PFAS contamination.

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EPA withdraws four decades-old proposed pesticide rules

EPA says scientific advances, as well as subsequent risk reviews, support withdrawing decades-old proposed pesticide rules.

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EPA IG begins review of delayed WPS implementation

EPA's inspector general plans to review the agency's worker protection standards training materials after states faulted past delays in issuing the materials.

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Tozzi backs bolstering existing data laws over EPA 'secret science' rule

Former White House regulatory review chief Jim Tozzi is urging EPA to strengthen existing disclosure laws instead of pursuing its policy to bar “secret science” in decision-making.

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ACC lauds draft transparency rule's focus on dose-response

ACC welcomes EPA's plan to move away from its strict, default linear dose-response approach, saying it results in “inflated risks.”

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EPA Seeks To Speed Pesticide Reviews As Industry Backs ESA Reprieve

EPA pesticides officials are seeking to streamline their process for re-registering pesticides, citing limited resources and the Trump administration's push for greater efficiency, though industry is backing a House farm bill that would extend the agency's registration review deadlines to allow time to craft a new process for assessing risks to endangered species.

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Critics Doubt EPA Plan To Redact Confidential Data In Transparency Rule

Critics of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's proposal to require only publicly available research to justify regulatory decisions say agency plans to protect confidential information, such as personal data or trade secret studies, by redacting it are not adequate, will result in a host of adverse effects and will undermine agency decisionmaking.

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EPA's Defense Of TSCA Rules Marks Key Legal Test After Early Court Losses

The Trump administration's upcoming defense of EPA rules implementing the recently revised toxics law will mark one of the first substantive tests for how well new regulations will withstand legal scrutiny after the agency suffered a series of early court losses as they sought to defend other regulatory delays and officials are scrambling to correct perceived flaws in several draft rules.

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Environmentalists seek to boost TSCA ethics claim

Environmentalists are seeking additional records that they suggest show that the Trump administration's changes to the rules mirror Nancy Beck's past lobbying for ACC and do not reflect reasoned decision-making.

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