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Environmentalists Urge 9th Circuit To Compel EPA Ban For Chlorpyrifos

Environmentalists are urging a federal appeals court to order EPA to ban the commonly-used pesticide chlorpyrifos to protect against neurodevelopmental risks to children, arguing that the Trump administration's decision to scrap an Obama EPA proposed ban of the substance lacks scientific backing and fails to protect children.

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EPA Budget Memo Details Plan To Eliminate IRIS, Risk Programs In FY18

EPA is proposing to eliminate its influential Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program, as well as a host of other risk assessment related programs in the agency's toxics and research offices in fiscal year 2018, according to a memo detailing how the agency plans to implement the administration's budget request.

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PETA protests increase in TSCA animal testing requests

PETA says EPA's proposed chemical review prioritization program will increase animal testing despite provisions in the revised Toxic Substances Control Act.

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Environmentalists Back TSCA Prioritization Proposal But Seek Tweaks

Environmental groups are generally supportive of EPA's proposal for how it will prioritize the thousands of existing chemicals for risk evaluation, and appear largely joined by California's environmental agency, though they are recommending tweaks to EPA's approach, while industry groups are outlining their concerns with the agency's proposal.

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EPA Seeks $14 Million TSCA Boost As GOP Senator Vows Priority Funding

EPA is seeking a $14 million funding boost to help implement the overhauled Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) even though President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget would cut overall agency funding by 31 percent, while a key GOP senator is vowing that adequate funding for implementing the law will be “prioritized.”

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Carper seeks EPA data backing chlorpyrifos reversal

“EPA’s March 29 decision did not present any new scientific or legal analysis on which to base its reversal,” says Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE).

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EPA proposes further 20-month delay for facility safety rule

EPA's rulemaking extending the rule's deadline to 2019 could fend off criticisms that previous efforts to delay the rule violated the APA.

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Dwindling Clock Spurs Doubts On Fate Of CRA Efforts To Undo EPA Rules

A dwindling clock for Congress to approve resolutions undoing Obama EPA regulations -- set to end May 9 -- is spurring doubts over whether lawmakers will act in the coming weeks on pending resolutions that would undo changes to the agency's industry facility safety program, or scrap air rules including an interstate emissions policy update.

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Draft EPA Ban On TCE Uses Prompts Competing Claims Over Plan's Merits

EPA's proposed rule seeking to ban certain uses of the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) is prompting competing claims over the merits of the plan, with some business groups calling it unjustified and urging its withdrawal while others including worker safety groups say the benefits of the ban will be greater than EPA projects.

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House Approves Bills To Limit Science EPA Uses For Rules, Reform SAB

The House has approved in largely party-line votes legislation to fundamentally alter how EPA uses scientific data for rulemakings and other decisions with new requirements that critics say will hinder the agency by barring use of many types of research, and also approved another bill that would overhaul EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB).

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