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Chemical Sector 'Anxious' About Slow EPA Progress On Overhauling RMP

A chemical industry official says companies are “anxious” about EPA's apparent slow progress in repealing Obama-era revisions to the agency's facility safety program and issuing a replacement rule, saying industry is unsure of the overhaul's status despite a looming deadline to implement the existing rule when a stay expires next year.

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Judge Doubts Industry Request To Intervene In Formaldehyde Rule Suit

A federal judge is all but rejecting industry requests to intervene in environmentalists' suit challenging the Trump EPA's delay of the Obama administration's formaldehyde emissions standard for pressed wood products, just days before the litigants are slated to float plans March 9 for how to implement the judge's ruling scrapping the delay and apply the rule.

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EDF Claims CBI Provisions Justify Partial Vacatur Of TSCA Inventory Rule

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in a new legal brief claims that confidential business information (CBI) provisions EPA added to its rule for determining the universe of existing chemicals subject to review under the revised toxics law are unlawful, urging a federal appeals court to partially vacate and remand the rule.

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EPA eyes more funds to bolster TSCA alternative testing plan

“EPA agrees and is aware of the necessity to increase resources to meet the demands of the amended TSCA,” agency staff say.

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Proposed FY19 Cuts May Threaten EPA's Pesticide Re-registration Schedule

President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget proposes cuts to EPA's toxics and pesticides programs that include eliminating an office that has long housed a statutorily-required Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP), a plan that sources say threatens EPA's progress in completing an already daunting schedule of re-registering all existing pesticides by 2022.

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Ohio AG files new 'Super Tort' suit over PCB contamination

Mike DeWine's suit expands similar litigation brought by West Coast officials and brings a high-profile Republican plaintiff to the issue.

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EPA Defends Proposed TSCA Fees Rule As Reasonable 'Starting Point'

A senior EPA official is defending the agency's proposed rule for collecting fees under the revised toxics law, arguing that competing criticism from industry and environmentalists suggests the proposed fees are reasonable, while also calling the proposed rule “a starting point” that the agency is open to revising based on public input.

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OSHA Official Downplays Prospects For EPA Deference On Chemical Risks

A senior Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) official is downplaying the prospect of significant consultation with EPA on chemical risks to workers under the revised toxics law as some industry groups have sought, calling the extent of such collaboration “hard to predict” and suggesting it is often unnecessary.

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Backing Industry, EPA Plans Pre-Submission Review For New Chemicals

EPA is seeking to revamp its process for meeting with chemical manufacturers prior to companies' submissions of new chemicals for review, granting an industry request to bolster such pre-submission consultations to help streamline the agency's process for reviewing new chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which is failing to meet statutory deadlines.

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EPA hesitant to embrace NACEPT's 'citizen science' push

Members of EPA's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology say EPA staff appear reluctant to embrace their push for “citizen science.”

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