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Toxics

OPPT Leader Eyes New Fees, Expected In 2020, To Meet Steep TSCA Goals

EPA's top toxics official is said to be concerned about the limited and uncertain resources the office has to meet pressing deadlines to implement the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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OMB reviewing EPA's CBI guidance for states

EPA floats draft guidance that will assist states gain access to health and safety-related information about chemicals that had previously been held only by EPA.

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EPA's FY19 Budget Continues IRIS Review But Slashes Assessment Funds

EPA's fiscal year 2019 budget proposal continues the Trump administration's review of the agency's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), preserving for now a program that some Republicans are seeking to eliminate, but the plan seeks an almost 50 percent cut to the larger human health risk assessment research program that houses IRIS, which would significantly undermine key assessment efforts.

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Court grants intervenors' requests to join TSCA suit

The appellate court granted separate requests form industry and environmentalists to intervene in a suit challenging EPA's framework for reviewing new chemicals.

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Industry Criticizes EPA's 'High' TSCA Fees, Citing Slow Chemical Reviews

Industry officials are criticizing EPA's proposed rule for charging industry fees to support chemical reviews under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), charging the fees appear to be too high and failed to clarify how the money will be spent and how the agency will encourage faster reviews of new chemicals, which the sources say are lagging.

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EPA extends deadline for input on controversial SNUR

EPA extends the comment deadline on its proposed approval of a new chemical use after environmentalists charged it was unlawful and did not allow for enough time.

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Toxics Office Reassigns Staff From P2 To Address TSCA Workload Burdens

Leaders of EPA's toxics office are moving staff from its pollution prevention (P2) program to work on implementing the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), citing the struggle they face to keep up with the workload created by the reformed statute's mandates, according to an internal agency memo reviewed by Inside EPA.

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Democrats Condition PRIA 'Compromise' On Preserving EPA Pesticide Rules

Senate Democrats are offering to drop their months-long hold on a congressional renewal of EPA's authority to collect industry fees to support the agency's pesticide registration process as long as the Trump administration halts plans to scrap Obama-era protections for farmworkers exposed to pesticides and provides a judicially reviewable decision on its reversal of the prior administration's plan to ban use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food.

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Industry Attorneys Question Need For EPA Fees For RMP, Spill Programs

Industry officials are raising significant hurdles to the Trump administration's proposal to charge fees to assist facilities in complying with the agency's accident and spill prevention rules, arguing such a program is unnecessary or that companies will need liability waivers or other incentives to participate.

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Beck Suggests Trump Hiring Cap Undermines EPA's TSCA Implementation

Nancy Beck, the top Trump appointee in EPA's toxics office, says lawmakers should have authorized staffing levels for the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) program as they did for a pesticide fee program years earlier, suggesting the administration's government-wide hiring freeze is undermining the agency's ability to implement TSCA.

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