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Delaying Policy, EPA Signals Significant Changes To Obama RMP Rule

EPA is suggesting it plans to make significant changes to an Obama-era facility safety rule, arguing in its announcement delaying the regulation for an additional 20 months that the rule is based on “policy preferences” that could vary between administrations, and that the agency intends to raise concerns with the rule not cited in industry petitions.

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EPA braces for ORD chief announcement

Pruitt has not revealed the nominee's name to agency managers for fear it will leak.

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TSCA Burden Reduction Rule Panel Grapples With 'Consensus' Decisions

A panel convened to inform a future Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) rule reducing reporting mandates for certain chemicals is grappling with several major issues, including how to define “consensus” decisions and whether to address topics like data quality and the frequency of reporting in crafting the burden reduction rule.

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GAO urges EPA's SAB to update scientific integrity statement

The Government Accountability Office says the staff office of EPA's Science Advisory Board should craft an updated policy statement on scientific quality and integrity.

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EPA sends final RMP delay for OMB review

EPA is seeking White House approval for a final rule that would delay by more than a year an Obama-era rule updating the Risk Management Plan program.

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EPA Anticipates Expedited OMB Review For TSCA Framework Regulations

EPA's acting toxics chief remains confident the agency will meet a looming June 22 statutory deadline for finalizing the trio of framework rules that implement the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), in part because the agency expects the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will conduct expedited reviews for the two rules that require it.

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IG investigating possible collusion in EPA's glyphosate review

EPA's watchdog investigates allegations that a former official colluded with Monsanto on the agency's review of glyphosate's potential cancer risk.

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9th Circuit Ruling Could Slow EPA Nanomaterial Conditional Registrations

Environmentalists and industry sources agree that an appellate court's striking down EPA's conditional registration of a pesticide containing nanosilver could slow future registrations, as it raises the bar for granting such approvals and could also prompt the agency to revisit prior policy choices for how it handles nano registrations.

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Environmentalists cite HUD guide in bid to boost EPA lead dust suit

One week before oral arguments, environmentalists filed a supplemental notice arguing that the HUD guidance bolsters their suit seeking to force stricter EPA lead dust and soil hazard standards.

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State Attorneys General Challenge EPA's Reversal On Chlorpyrifos Ban

A coalition of seven Democratic state attorneys general (AGs) is challenging EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's reversal of an Obama-era plan to ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food, arguing that the decision violates federal law and also an appeals court order requiring the agency to take final action on a proposed ban.

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