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Environmentalists fight EPA bid for rehearing on chlorpyrifos ban

Environmentalists are opposing EPA's request for rehearing of a federal appeals court ruling vacating the agency's reversal of a chlorpyrifos ban, and are instead seeking to amend the court's order.

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EPA finalizes TSCA fees rule but legal challenges possible

Publication of the final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) fees rule allows EPA to start collecting fees under the revised law, but the regulation could face legal challenges.

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Advisors Appear Skeptical Of EPA's Professed Priority On Children's Health

Members of EPA's children's health advisory committee are expressing skepticism about various statements from EPA officials professing the Trump EPA's support of children's environmental health, with several of the panel's members at a recent meeting suggesting that EPA leaders need to do more than say appropriate things or write memos.

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EPA's Failure To Seek Advice Frustrates Children's Health Panel Members

EPA's failure to date to ask the agency's children's health advisory committee for input on policy questions is frustrating members of the panel who say they cannot be effective without requests from the agency, and prompting the committee chairwoman to say she will write Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler about the issue.

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Suspended children's health chief faults EPA's political leadership

In her first public statements since being removed from the Office of Children's Health, former director Ruth Etzel says EPA is treating children as “disposable.”

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Environmentalists back Senate farm bill over House version

Environmental and sustainable agriculture groups are urging lawmakers to approve a 2018 farm bill that is as close to the bipartisan Senate version as possible, rejecting environmental riders in the House bill.

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EPA Urged To Speed RMP Changes After Declining Appeal Of Delay Ruling

Chemical industry attorneys are urging EPA to accelerate its plan to undo Obama-era changes tightening the risk management plan (RMP) facility safety program, after the agency opted against appealing a court ruling that scrapped the Trump administration's delay of the revisions and reinstated looming compliance deadlines.

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NAS preparing for new DOD projects on TCE, lead

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is preparing to review Defense Department risk analyses of trichloroethylene (TCE) and lead, chemicals for which EPA has struggled to craft risk estimates.

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D.C. Circuit Backs EDF's Criticism Of TSCA CBI Rule But Queries Remedy

Appellate judges at Oct. 12 oral argument strongly backed the Environmental Defense Fund's (EDF) criticism of confidential business information (CBI) provisions in the Trump EPA's final rule that determines chemicals subject to the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), but queried what legal remedy they could give EDF.

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Wheeler Affirms Children's Health Focus Amid Office Director Controversy

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a new memo is “reaffirming” the agency's commitments to its children's health programs and specifically the Office of Children's Health Protection (OCHP), the latest step in the agency's efforts to mitigate controversy over the sudden removal of the office's former director in September.

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