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Toxics

FY18 Cuts To EPA CompTox Research Could Hinder TSCA Implementation

Significant cuts to EPA's computational toxicology research efforts could stymie the agency's ongoing efforts to implement sweeping revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which include mandates for the agency to reduce animal testing and craft a strategy to adopt non-animal toxicity testing methods.

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EPA's Novel Process For Speeding Review Of New Chemicals Draws Fire

EPA has adopted a novel approach for reviewing “new” chemicals before approving them for market, an approach intended to address the backlog that resulted from legislation reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), though some charge the agency's new approach will impose onerous reporting requirements on most new chemicals.

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Chemical Sector, Labor At Odds Over EPA's Authority To Delay RMP Rule

Chemical and other industry organizations are sparring with labor groups are whether EPA has Clean Air Act authority for its delay of an Obama-era facility safety rule, with industry claiming the agency has “virtually unfettered discretion” for the move but labor arguing the air law's compliance mandates undermine the delay.

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Nuclear Watchdog Group Asks EPA To Revoke Water Radiation Guide

A nuclear watchdog group is asking EPA to revoke a controversial drinking water guide for radiological emergencies issued by the agency on the last day of the Obama administration, arguing the guide was issued despite significant public opposition over its allowance of concentrations of radioactivity in emergencies that far exceed Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) limits.

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EPA backs need for 'consensus' in TSCA rulemaking

EPA says negotiated rulemaking panel must reach consensus to trigger the agency's obligation to pursue a rule reducing certain toxics law reporting requirements.

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EPA Delay Of Pesticide Applicators Rule Signals Potential Policy Revisions

EPA is delaying the effective date of an Obama-era rule bolstering training requirements for applicators of certain pesticides in order to craft guidance to support implementation, although the agency also says the one-year delay will allow Trump administration officials to consider potential revisions to the regulation.

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EPA allows Obama-era air and enforcement rules to take effect

EPA says that an Obama-era air emissions modeling rule and rules on enforcement actions have now taken effect after the Trump administration temporarily delayed their effective dates.

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Nanomaterials Users Fault Draft EPA Reporting Guide, Call For Rule Repeal

Nanomaterials users and producers are faulting EPA's draft guidance for implementing its nano reporting rule for failing to clarify which substances are covered by the regulation, vowing to highlight their concerns in comments on the policy but also renewing their push to repeal the entire rule either administratively or through litigation.

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9th Circuit vacates EPA conditional registration of nano-pesticide

A federal appeals court panel has vacated EPA's conditional registration of a pesticide containing nanosilver, saying the agency failed to show the product would reduce pollution or is in the public interest.

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Industry Argues EPA's Draft TSCA Bans Do Not Meet Law's Requirements

Chemical industry groups are arguing that the Obama EPA's proposed restrictions on certain uses of the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) and two paint stripping chemicals do not meet legal requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and should be withdrawn, while environmentalists are urging the Trump administration to finalize the rules.

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