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EPA Toxics Chief Vows Issuance Of TSCA Framework Rules Under Obama

EPA toxics chief Jim Jones is vowing that the agency will issue proposed rules to establish processes for prioritizing and evaluating chemicals already in commerce required by the updated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) before President Barack Obama leaves office, though EPA missed a Dec. 19 statutory deadline for issuing the rules.

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Chemical Sector Details Concerns On EPA Data Needs For New Chemicals

Chemical sector officials are detailing early concerns on the data needs that EPA officials recently said they have for reviews of new chemicals mandated under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), noting that some of the needs are causing massive delays for assessing pre-manufacture notices (PMNs) for new substances.

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Chemical Sector Details Concerns On EPA Data Needs For New Substances

Chemical sector officials are detailing early concerns on the data needs that EPA officials recently said they have for reviews of new chemicals mandated under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), noting that some of the needs are causing massive delays for assessing pre-manufacture notices (PMNs) for new substances.

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EPA Launching Alternate Toxicity Pilot To Study 'Additivity' Testing Method

EPA is starting a pilot program to study an alternative toxicity testing approach for pesticide formulations that is widely used outside the United States and which animal protection advocates have pressed the agency to adopt, as part of the pesticide office's efforts to reduce animal toxicology studies and unnecessary testing.

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States, Farmers Fault EPA's WPS Revisions In Petition To Postpone Rule

State regulators and a nationwide farmers group are petitioning EPA to delay by one year next month's deadline for implementing the agency's 2015 overhaul of its pesticide worker protection standards (WPS), arguing that EPA violated federal law requiring congressional review of the final version prior to publication and failed to properly prepare states.

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EPA Receives Conflicting Input On Reviewing Pesticides' Potential Risks

EPA is receiving conflicting comments on how to assess the potential increased risks of pesticide mixtures with environmentalists urging the agency to expand reviews of synergistic risks to consider human health and tighten oversight of mixtures, and the agriculture department (USDA) and growers arguing farmers need to mix pesticides.

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Toxics: Flint 'is no aberration' in blood lead levels, report finds

A new report suggests the Trump administration will face pressure to curb lead contamination.

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EPA Issues New Facility Safety Rule, But Seeks To Ease Security Fears

EPA's final rule strengthening its facility safety program includes new requirements for hazard analysis, auditing and information sharing, though the agency eased some proposed provisions to address concerns from industry and state officials, including those raised by President-elect Donald Trump's intended nominee to run the agency, though it is not clear if the changes will satisfy critics' calls to block or kill the measure.

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Toxics: EPA issues final rule overhauling RMP facility safety program

The incoming Trump administration and/or Republican lawmakers are expected to block or kill the rule.

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Toxics: Free-market group targets EPA chemical programs

Congress “can address problems associated with such programs by defunding them or by bringing them under the authority of existing environmental laws,” CEI says.

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