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Democrats blast EPA ‘stonewalling’ of GAO enforcement review

“The fact that EPA is stonewalling GAO’s audit of the Agency’s enforcement program is outrageous, and begs the question: what is EPA hiding?” leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee say.

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EPA poised to propose supplement to controversial science rule

The proposal appears poised for release after the administration completed its review on March 2.

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EPA Issues First TSCA Test Orders To Companies Since Statute’s Reform

EPA has issued its first orders requiring companies to test chemicals they manufacture and report the results to the agency since Congress reformed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in 2016, responding to calls from its advisors who charged it had too little data on pigment violet 29 (PV29), the first chemical it sought to evaluate, to find it did not pose “unreasonable risk.”

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Trump taps former EPA toxics official to lead CPSC

Her nomination is likely to spark a Senate confirmation fight that will focus on her views on chemical risks.

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EPA Admits White House Role In Replacing TCE Studies But Defends Process

EPA is acknowledging reports that the White House directed it to replace studies in its draft risk evaluation of trichloroethylene (TCE) that show the chemical causes fetal birth defects, resulting in weaker risk estimates than it otherwise would have, though the agency is defending the action.

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EPA Defends Its Process For Crafting Public Draft TCE Risk Evaluation

EPA is defending its process for drafting its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) evaluation of trichloroethylene (TCE) in the face of a report that the White House directed it to replace studies that show the chemical causes fetal birth defects, resulting in weaker risk estimates than it otherwise would have.

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EPA backs GAO call for compliance assistance documents to track goals

The agency in response to a Government Accountability Office report says it has either begun to or plans to implement recommendations on tracking compliance assistance and informal enforcement actions.

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NRDC Asks Judge To Vacate And Remand EPA’s Science Advisor Policy

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is urging a federal judge to vacate and remand a key portion of the Trump EPA’s 2017 policy barring scientists receiving agency research grants from serving on its advisory panels, arguing the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) requires such a remedy when policies are found to be unlawful.

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Groups Urge EPA Not To Split Legacy Use From TSCA Asbestos Evaluation

Health and environmental groups are urging EPA not to split its ongoing draft risk evaluation of asbestos into existing uses of the toxic mineral and legacy uses that can still be causing exposures, as EPA’s toxics chief has floated, arguing that the idea is “contrary” to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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Advisors Urge EPA To Strengthen TSCA Cancer Analysis For CCl4

EPA’s science advisors are raising concerns that its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) analysis of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) underestimates cancer risks, with some urging the agency to account for new studies showing brain cancer risks while others say EPA’s assessment of dermal exposure risk falls short by two orders of magnitude.

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