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EDF outlines issues for TSCA inventory rule suit

Environmentalists outline issues they plane to raise in litigation challenging EPA's inventory reset rule establishing universe of existing chemicals for review under the new toxics law.

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Environmentalists urge EPA's counsel to bar Beck from TSCA rules

At minimum, environmentalists are seeking Beck's recusal from any further action in three TSCA section 6(a) bans that the Obama administration proposed but the Trump EPA has not yet acted on.

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EPA's ORD Prioritizes PFAS Research Amid Growing Exposure Concerns

Leaders in EPA's research office are prioritizing work on assessing risks of perflouroalkyl substances, which they see as a major challenge for the agency in the short term as they face monitoring results that show an ever-widening spread of contamination from the substances, though EPA's water office is worried they will be harder to address under Trump administration toxics office rule changes.

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Critics Float Legal Theories To Challenge Pruitt's Science Advisor Policy

House Democrats and a Columbia University law professor are detailing possible legal arguments that could be used to challenge Administrator Scott Pruitt's controversial new directive barring scientists who are receiving an EPA research grant from serving on one of its scientific advisory committees.

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Former OSHA officials fault EPA's RMP delay

Former Obama officials are backing environmentalists' challenge to the Trump EPA's delay of the facility safety rule, arguing it will increase risks of chemical disasters and violates federal law.

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Environmentalists push EPA to complete delayed TSCA bans

Environmentalists are pressing the Trump EPA to finalize as soon as possible Toxic Substances Control Act bans on three chemicals, citing “well-documented health risks.”

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States, Industry Temper Criticism Of EPA Pesticide Worker Rules After Delays

Several state officials and the pesticide industry are significantly tempering their criticism of two Obama EPA rules aimed at reducing worker exposures to pesticides, saying the Trump administration's delay of the rules while it crafted new training materials to aid with implementation has helped to assuage some of their biggest concerns.

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EPA advisors to choose between panel service or grants

EPA says roughly 20 current advisory panel members will have to choose between keeping their agency grants or continuing to serve on the committees.

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Beck Defends Opposition To Using 'Exploratory' Science For EPA Rules

Nancy Beck, the former chemical industry toxicologist who is currently the top Trump toxics appointee at EPA, is defending her approach to regulation that critics have said favors weaker rules sought by industry, saying she focuses on using robust scientific studies for policies and not “exploratory” science to support costly rules.

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Pruitt Prepares To Axe Current Science Advisers, Driving 'Purge' Charge

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is applying his new policy barring science advisors from receiving agency grants retroactively to current advisors, a move that will force some to either give up their grants or step down from the panels on which they serve, opening the door to Pruitt making additional appointments and intensifying criticisms that the he is seeking to “purge” independent advisors.

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