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OMB clears first-time TSCA rule limiting existing chemical

EPA's rule marks the first time the agency has regulated an existing chemical since Congress revised TSCA in 2016 but critics say the narrow measure fails to protect workers.

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To Head Off State Patchwork, Industry Seeks To Tout EPA's TSCA 'Success'

Chemical industry officials are acknowledging that the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) does not go as far as they had hoped in preempting state rules and are seeking to assure local regulators and consumers that EPA's implementation of the new law will mitigate risks and the growing regulatory and retail patchwork.

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SBA Urges EPA To Bolster Small Business Review Of TSCA Mitigation Rules

Charging that past EPA reviews have given short shrift to small business concerns, the federal government's small business advocate is urging the agency to bolster consideration of the concerns in upcoming Toxic Substances Control (TSCA) rules that seek to mitigate risks of existing chemicals, a step that could delay EPA's rules.

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SBA Advocacy Urges EPA To Boost Small Business Review Of TSCA Rules

Charging that past EPA reviews have given short shrift to small business concerns, the federal government's small business advocate is urging the agency to bolster consideration of the concerns in upcoming Toxic Substances Control (TSCA) rules that seek to mitigate risks of existing chemicals, a step that could delay EPA's rules.

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Groups Seek IG Scrutiny Of EPA Refusal Of NASA's Post-Harvey Monitoring

Environmental groups in Texas are planning to urge EPA’s Office of Inspector General (IG) to consider EPA and Texas state regulators’ refusal of a NASA pollution monitoring flight after Hurricane Harvey as part of the IG’s ongoing investigation of regulators’ handling of air quality monitoring data after the August 2017 storm.

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EPA Braces For Potential Litigation Over Massive Portland Harbor Cleanup

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler recently gave Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) assurances that the agency plans to press ahead on the $1 billion cleanup of the high-profile Portland Harbor Superfund site but cautioned it could face challenges after EPA recently weakened the cleanup plan to account for eased risk values for a chemical contaminant there.

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EPA Announces ORD Reorganization, Merging With Science Advisor Office

EPA has announced plans to overhaul its Office of Research & Development (ORD) that includes merging the independent Office of the Science Advisor (OSA) with ORD’s policy office, a move some observers have previously warned could hinder OSA’s independence but that others say addresses ongoing agency resource limits.

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Trump renews EPA’s power to collect pesticide registration fees

President Donald Trump has signed legislation giving EPA another five years to collect industry fees to support pesticide reviews after two years of uncertainty over the fee program’s future.

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EPA Reviewing PV29 Studies' CBI Status After 'Mistake,' Dunn Says

EPA staff are reviewing the confidential business information (CBI) claims around a set of studies on the first draft risk evaluation the agency has released under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), after a “mistake” was made that may have limited access to too much data, a top official says, an effort that could address critics' concerns that the agency granted too much deference to industry.

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Wheeler Prioritizes EPA Research On PFAS Impacts On Agriculture

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is tasking the agency's Office of Research & Development (ORD) to lead efforts with other offices to steer existing funds toward projects that will aid in managing the impact of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on agriculture and rural economies, filling a gap in the agency's recent action plan.

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