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Sen. Inhofe, Environmentalists Spar Over EPA's Oversight Of Glyphosate

Sen. James Inhofe and environmentalists are sparring over EPA's review of the risks from the commonly used herbicide glyphosate, with the senator touting new European findings backing the agency's conclusion that it is not likely to cause cancer but environmentalists saying EPA advisors have issued a “sharp rebuke” to the agency's analysis.

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States Seek 15-Month Delay For RMP Rule Pending EPA Revision Or Repeal

A coalition of GOP states is petitioning EPA to delay by an additional 15 months the effective date of the Obama administration's final rule updating the agency's facility accident prevention program, saying more time is needed beyond the current delayed June deadline for EPA to weigh whether to revise or outright repeal the regulation.

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Fluoride Critics Eye Court Challenge To EPA's Denial Of TSCA Ban Petition

Groups opposed to fluoridating drinking water are planning to sue EPA over its denial of their petition asking it to use Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authority to prohibit fluoridation, which will pose a test of the agency's novel rationale for rejecting the request as falling short of what is required under the recently revised TSCA.

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Pruitt Cites Texas Arson As Reason For Reconsidering Facility Safety Rule

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to reconsider the Obama administration's final rule overhauling the agency's facility accident prevention program hinged on federal investigators' ruling that arson caused the West, TX, fire driving the rulemaking, backing industry assertions that the finding is a threshold issue that undermines the need for the rule.

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EPA erroneously extends TSCA Inventory comment deadline

“A formal extension of the comment period was not feasible in the short time that remained until the comment period closed,” the agency said.

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Industry Petition Tees Up Issues For Revised EPA RMP Rule, Litigation

The industry petition that prompted the Trump administration to agree to reconsider the Obama-era overhaul of EPA's risk management plan (RMP) facility accident prevention program tees up numerous issues on which the agency may seek public input, including the threshold question of whether the finding that arson caused the fire that drove the rulemaking undermines the need for the final rule.

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Monsanto Fights Push To Remand Washington PCB Claims To State Court

Chemical manufacturer Monsanto and two offshoot companies are fighting Washington state's attempt to move litigation seeking compensation for damages and cleanup costs caused by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from federal court back to state court.

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EPA delays RMP rule to weigh industry push to rescind regulation

EPA said it may grant additional extensions of the Risk Management Plan (RMP) update rule as it weighs a formal rulemaking to rescind or overhaul the regulation.

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U.S. Ratification Of POPs Treaty Could Aid Implementation Risk Analysis

American experts on the international treaty on persistent and organic environmental pollutants are pointing to the role the United States could play in advancing risk-based analyses in the treaty's implementation if the Senate ratifies the treaty -- a nascent goal for the chemical industry as European precautionary views have grown in influence.

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Court asks Trump DOJ to weigh in on fracking rule defense

The court “is concerned that the briefing filed by the Federal Appellants in these cases may no longer reflect the position of the Federal Appellants,” the order says.

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