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CSB Backs Parts Of Obama EPA RMP Rule To Address Facility Flood Risks

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is backing parts of the Obama EPA's facility safety prevention rule to help facilities better prepare for worsening risks from flooding, saying companies should reassess their emergency planning and coordination with first responders and communities to ensure adequate planning for extreme weather.

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Final defense authorization bill requires national PFAS study

The House and Senate have agreed to require a national study on the health effects of perfluorinated substances, focusing on at least eight military facilities.

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EPA Outlines Options To Prioritize Chemicals For TSCA Risk Analyses

EPA is proposing for public comment multiple approaches to prioritize existing chemicals to enter the pipeline for high- or low-priority designation and potential risk evaluation as part of its new responsibilities under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), with some of the proposals reflecting ideas that have enjoyed industry support in the past.

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Senate Democrats Float EPA Asbestos Ban Bill Due To Fears Over Dourson

Eight Senate Democrats have introduced a bill seeking to ban asbestos -- even as EPA is working on a precedential risk evaluation of the substance under new responsibilities in the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) -- in part because of concerns that President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the agency's toxics office wouldn't ban its use.

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North Carolina newspaper opposes EPA toxics office nominee

The newspaper is urging its readers to lobby the state's senators to oppose the Trump administration's nomination of Michael Dourson to be EPA toxics chief.

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New EPA Advisory Committees' Chairmen Have History Of Agency Criticism

The new chairmen of two influential EPA science advisory committees have a history of criticizing the agency's scientific analyses in ways fundamental to how EPA evaluates and seeks to support regulations to manage environmental risks, ranging from risk assessment approaches generally to specific air pollutants and chemicals.

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D.C. Circuit grants industries role in TSCA inventory suit

The court's order will allow several major industry groups to defend EPA's final rule establishing an inventory of chemicals for review under the revised federal toxics law.

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New Jersey Eyes DOJ's Input On EPCRA Defense Against Data Disclosure

New Jersey officials say the Department of Justice's (DOJ) input may be warranted after their criticism of an EPA-administered reporting law in the state's defense against environmentalist and labor groups' lawsuit seeking release of industrial facility data, in a case that could have broad implications for public disclosure of facility data.

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Sen. Inhofe urges EPA to complete glyphosate review

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is urging the Trump EPA to speed is registration review of glyphosate after a recent study found that exposure to the substance is not associated with certain cancers.

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Senate Democrats ask GAO to review new EPA advisors policy

Democratic Senators are asking the Government Accountability Office to expand its probe of EPA's new policies for choosing members of its advisory committees.

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