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Trump EPA Official Expects Significant Rollback Of Obama-Era RMP Rule

A senior Trump administration official says EPA is planning a significant rollback of an Obama-era facility safety rule, arguing against significant disclosure of facility data that the original rule requires and backing the Labor Department's lead in process safety.

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EPA cites IRIS study to ease Portland Harbor cleanup

The plan could set a precedent for a host of other Superfund sites that are contaminated with benzo(a)pyrene, a carcinogenic contaminant that stems from crude oil, asphalt and vehicle emissions.

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Facing Losses, EPA Seeks Earlier Industry Input To Bolster Dereg Dockets

After a series of court losses, Trump administration officials at EPA are seeking to bolster their analysis supporting rollback of Obama-era rules, such as EPA's 2017 facility accident prevention update, and are urging industry representatives to provide data to the agency sooner than they usually do to ensure deregulatory rules survive legal scrutiny.

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EPA Touts Lead Reduction Efforts In Face Of Criticism From Ousted Official

EPA is touting its efforts to reduce exposure to lead in the face of criticism from an ousted official that the Trump administration “stonewalled” an inter-agency strategy for reducing children's exposure, though the administration is months behind schedule on issuing the strategy and still appears to lack a goal for curbing exposures as advocates are seeking.

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EPA to release GenX, PFBS risk estimates 'imminently'

EPA is poised to release draft risk estimates for two perfluorinated chemicals despite concerns from reviewers with one of the drafts.

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In Latest EPA Defeat, Judge Orders More Discovery In TSCA Fluoride Suit

A federal judge has ordered EPA to provide internal documents and allow plaintiffs to depose agency staff on the risks posed by fluoridation, mandates that highlight the effect of an earlier ruling allowing the plaintiffs to introduce new evidence in their landmark Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) suit rather than limiting it to the agency's record.

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Student Loan APA Ruling Could Aid Defense Of Obama EPA Protections

A district court ruling vacating the Trump administration's attempt to pause Obama-era Department of Education rules regarding predatory lenders could help supporters of strong environmental standards oppose similar Trump EPA efforts to keep those rules from taking effect.

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EPA withdraws uranium mining groundwater rule

EPA is questioning whether it has authority under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA) to issue standards.

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Despite Suggestion, EPA Floats First SNURs Using Streamlined Framework

EPA has for the first time proposed significant new use rules (SNURs) to address risks that a group of new chemicals could present if used in certain reasonably foreseen ways, an approach that follows a draft framework for considering new chemicals that the agency floated last year but appeared to abandon after environmentalists sued.

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EPA signs updated MOU with Israel on technical, policy issues

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer said at a signing ceremony that the countries plan to work together on water reuse and lead-paint reductions.

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