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Toxics

EPA’s Waste Office Rejects Industry Push To Suspend TCE Cleanup Policy

EPA’s waste office is rejecting an appeal from chemical manufacturers to suspend an Obama-era guidance for assessing sites contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) for risks of cardiac birth defects, while also finding no foundation for industry’s claims that it has incurred higher cleanup costs as a result of the guidance.

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Industry seeks role in suit to defend EPA TSCA inventory rule

Chemical manufacturers and other industry groups are seek to intervening in environmentalists' lawsuit challenging EPA's TSCA inventory reset rule.

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Industries seeks role in suit to defend EPA TSCA inventory rule

Chemical manufacturers and other industry groups are seek to intervening in environmentalists' lawsuit challenging EPA's TSCA inventory reset rule.

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Industries seek role in suit to defend EPA TSCA inventory rule

Chemical manufacturers and other industry groups are seek to intervening in environmentalists' lawsuit challenging EPA's TSCA inventory reset rule.

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Barrasso Hedges On Dourson's Confirmation Prospects As EPA Toxics Chief

Senate environment committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) appears to be hedging on whether the Trump administration's controversial nominee, Michael Dourson, to lead EPA's toxics office has sufficient majority support to win confirmation.

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Democrats Vow To Block EPA Toxics Office Nominee Despite Senate Rules

Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are joining environmentalists' efforts to block confirmation of Michael Dourson, President Donald Trump's nominee to head EPA's toxics office, an effort that faces a high bar given current Senate rules, though they are sidestepping questions of what commitments they may seek from the nominee.

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NRDC suit claims EPA neonicotinoid approvals violate ESA

The environmental group claims EPA's pesticide approvals violated the Endangered Species Act in failing to adequately consider risks to listed species.

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EPA Urged To Add Community Representative To TSCA Advisory Panel

An academic group is urging EPA to carefully follow requirements in the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as well as federal advisory committee law, to include a representative from a local community adversely impacted by chemical pollution on a new TSCA advisory panel that EPA is forming.

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Pesticide Reviews Advance But EPA Attainment Of Court Schedule Uncertain

Trump administration officials are reviewing staff-level draft biological opinions of the first pesticides to undergo a new process for assessing risks to endangered species but it is unclear whether they will complete their reviews and forward them to EPA in time to meet a year-end court deadline for issuing the final versions.

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Judge's Order For New EPA FOIA Search May Boost Herbicide Finding Suit

A federal district court judge is ordering EPA to expand its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) search in response to environmentalists' request for documents backing the agency's conclusion that a controversial herbicide will not harm listed species, with environmentalists hoping to use the documents in a separate suit challenging the finding.

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