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EPA Critics’ Early Comments On Science Rule Urge Agency To Scrap Plan

Ahead of the comment period closing May 18 on EPA's controversial proposed rule for limiting the use of science in policy decisions, environmentalists are weighing in early with criticism that cites cancer research data to argue the broad adverse public health impacts of the draft rule and urges the agency to drop the policy altogether.

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Rep. Thompson Says GAO Report Highlights Need For CFATS Overhaul

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) says a just-released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that calls for strengthening cybersecurity protocols in a federal chemical facility safety program underscore what he says is a need to reauthorize an enhanced versions of the program.

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Watchdog groups urge Wheeler to reverse policy limiting OIG

The groups want the EPA administrator to end what they say is his double-standard policy of shielding political appointees from probes by the agency’s inspector general.

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EPA launches PFAS treatment research effort

The “PFAS Innovative Treatment Team” includes researchers from a variety of disciplines and will research ways to expand methods of testing, removing and destroying contaminated materials.

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EPA Readies TSCA 5(e) Orders But Says They Will Be Used 'Conservatively’

A senior EPA toxics official says the agency is preparing to issue in the next month a series of unilateral orders against some submitters of new chemical use notifications, though the official says the moves will be done carefully to target unresponsive companies in a way that is being supported by industry.

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Cantwell scrutinizes Beck’s role in EPA’s TSCA policies

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) says that Nancy Beck’s role in curbing EPA regulation of chemicals raises doubts about her willingness to regulate chemicals in products regulated by the CPSC.

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EPA Suggests Dropping Plan To Regulate Perchlorate In Drinking Water

EPA is signaling that it will likely pull back from regulating perchlorate, an ingredient in rocket fuel and munitions, in drinking water -- an unsurprising action given the views of utility officials who have long indicated that state standards have reduced exposures and made it difficult for the agency to meet legal criteria for regulating.

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Environmentalists Urge EPA To Redo Draft Scopes For Violating TSCA

Environmentalists are pressing EPA to redo its draft scope documents describing how the agency intends to evaluate the next 20 existing chemicals in its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) program, arguing the documents, as well as the agency’s tiered approach for completing the documents, violates the law’s statutory or regulatory requirements.

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Judge Hands Down Mixed Evidentiary Rulings Ahead Of Novel TSCA Trial

A federal judge says he is “inclined” to bar witnesses from describing fluoridation’s health benefits in a landmark trial on whether EPA must regulate drinking water fluoridation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), saying they are irrelevant to risk evaluation under the law, the latest pre-trial loss for the agency ahead of the June 8 arguments.

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EPA Urged To Bolster Anti-Viral Safety Advice After Poison Calls Spike

Even as EPA encourages use of approved disinfectants to address the coronavirus, it is facing calls to increase development of associated safety materials as poison control centers report a spike in emergency calls from consumers concerned about harmful exposures to both disinfectants and cleaning chemicals the agency has said can be used.

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