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Environmentalists Raise Concerns Over EPA's TSCA Scoping Documents

Several environmental groups are questioning multiple aspects of EPA's efforts to launch its new risk evaluation program for existing chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and in a new letter are pressing EPA officials for reassurances that its first 10 risk evaluations will comply with the law's intent.

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Senate Democrats Eye PRIA As Vehicle To Reverse EPA Pesticide Policies

Senate Democrats are looking to reauthorization of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) as a vehicle for provisions to reverse several Trump EPA pesticide policies they oppose including weakening of worker-protection standards and dropping a ban on chlorpyrifos, saying the bill should not advance without those measures.

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D.C. Circuit Ruling Spurs Debate Over Potential EPA Species Review Fixes

The appellate ruling rejecting EPA's plan to forgo interagency review of new pesticides' risks to endangered species is spurring debate over whether it could trigger revisions to the agency's review policies, with an environmentalist saying it boosts their push for more-efficient reviews but an industry source says the ruling's overall effect is limited.

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Democratic state attorneys general sue EPA over RMP delay

A coalition of 11 Democratic state attorneys general say a Trump EPA fact sheet bolsters their suit claiming the administration's delay of a facility safety rule is unlawful.

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Environmentalists Push Back Against EPA Defense Of RMP Rule Delay

Environmental and labor groups are renewing their arguments aimed at vacating the Trump administration's lengthy delay of an Obama-era update to the agency's Risk Management Plan (RMP) facility safety rule, charging the delay violates the Clean Air Act and faulting EPA's claim that seeking public input allows for lengthy reconsideration of final rules.

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Exclusion Of 'Legacy' Uses From TSCA May Limit Cleanups, Critics Tell EPA

EPA is drawing criticism from its children's health advisors and a Region 9 official over its decision to preclude legacy uses of chemicals, such as asbestos, in finished products from review under the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), bolstering criticisms from environmentalists who say they may sue the agency over its approach.

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EPA's Top Economist Seeks To Enhance Certainty Of Cost-Benefit Analyses

As the Trump administration prepares to overhaul EPA and other agencies' cost-benefit analyses, EPA's top economist, Al McGartland, says he is working to enhance the certainty of EPA's studies for regulatory decisions, telling Inside EPA that the "explosion" of tools in the nascent era of big data provides both challenges and opportunities.

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North Carolina governor presses EPA on GenX regulation

Among other things, Cooper urged Pruitt to quickly complete an EPA health study and set a drinking water standard.

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NAS Urges EPA To Create New Surveillance Program For Low-Dose Effects

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is urging EPA in a new report to set up a new surveillance program to monitor scientific literature and new studies about health effects occurring at low exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals, in part because of concern that EPA's existing regulatory testing methods might miss these effects by not regularly testing at lower dose levels.

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Trump's Pick For EPA Toxics Chief Draws Criticism Over Industry Ties

President Donald Trump's nomination of Michael Dourson, a risk assessor who left the agency in the 1990s, to be the agency's next toxics chief is drawing criticism from environmentalists, who charge he is the latest nominee for the office with close industry connections that raise doubts about implementation of the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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