Chemical industry officials are giving cautious praise to EPA's proposal for “resetting” the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory of chemicals in commerce to guide potential regulatory actions under the revised toxics law, saying it includes some “welcome efficiencies” but could be made to further reduce industry burdens.
EPA has weakened its proposed policy on limiting spraying of acutely toxic pesticides to protect bees by issuing a final version that includes exceptions for products with short residual toxicity and for crops with extended bloom periods, after criticism from growers and the pesticide industry -- though EPA says the policy is still protective of bees.
EPA has proposed a second novel Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) rule to ban certain uses of the industrial solvent trichloroethylene (TCE), finding “unreasonable risk” to human health or the environment, but the fate of both TCE regulations remains unclear as some critics are calling on the incoming Trump administration to scrap them.
Experts peer reviewing an EPA model that will shape the agency's drinking water goal for perchlorate are raising concerns about the model's scope, construction and validation, which could complicate EPA's ability to apply the model to set a maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) for the rocket fuel ingredient within a court-ordered time line.
EPA has issued a final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reporting rule for nanoscale materials in commerce that retains a controversial proposed mandate that companies intending to manufacture nanomaterials after the rule takes effect report future nano production, while adding regulatory flexibility to the rule in response to industry criticism.
EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) appears slated to agree with EPA's determination in its draft analysis of the human health risks of exposure to the munitions chemical Royal Demolition Explosive (RDX) there is suggestive evidence of carcinogenicity, and is expected to call on EPA to slightly tighten its oral risk estimate for neurological effects.
Groups representing various industries are weighing options for reversing EPA's recent revisions to its Risk Management Program (RMP) facility safety rule, including a possible push for lawmakers to undo the changes through a Congressional Review Act (CRA) disapproval resolution or through a legal challenge to the final rule.