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Two leading senators plan to renew efforts to pass a bill that aims to lock into state law Obama-era federal environmental and worker safety standards, sources say, after the measure stalled last year in the Assembly amid charges by industry groups that it is illegal and would trigger a wave of new litigation against the state.

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The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board's (CSB) is asking a federal appellate court to grant it broad power to subpoena documents related to “potential” releases at facilities where it is investigating industrial incidents, a move that a major refiner is resisting, charging it amounts to an unlawful expansion of the board's powers.

Critics of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's two-year delay of Obama-era updates to the agency's risk management plan (RMP) facility safety program are criticizing a list of prior rule delays that EPA says justify postponing the RMP rule, with opponents of the delay saying the other rules had legal justifications and were not tested in court.

OSHA's review commission is seeking unusual public input on whether and how regulators can address workplace heat stress cases under the agency's general duty clause, as a company is challenging a citation arguing that the Secretary failed to establish that the hazard existed or that the employer could have reasonably recognized such a hazard.

Health groups and the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) are at odds over how a federal court should proceed in the plaintiffs' lawsuit alleging the board has unlawfully failed to promulgate rules requiring industrial facilities to report their chemical releases following an incident and are asking the court to resolve the issue.

Environmental, labor and public interest groups are urging White House officials to preserve and quickly implement the Obama-era rule bolstering EPA's facility accident prevention program, even as the Trump administration prepares to issue a plan that is widely expected to scale back the regulation.

House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-WI) announcement that he would not be seeking reelection in the upcoming midterms appears to have boosted prospects for Democrat Randy Bryce, a union iron worker who is running on a platform that pledges to “fully fund” OSHA in the face of the Trump administration's budget cuts.

A healthy food group is challenging the safety record of a demonstration facility that is operating under an Agriculture Department (USDA) regulatory waiver program as the agency considers a planned rule that would ease oversight and increase line speeds at swine processing facilities, charging the facility lost “process control,” and found increased contamination and personnel hazards when line speeds increased.

OSHA has submitted a final version of the Trump administration’s plan to scale-back Obama-era beryllium standards to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, just as slag- and non-slag abrasive producers are intensifying their battle over which products would trigger the rule's safety requirements.

EPA is touting a list of more than two dozen federal rules from 1983 to 2013 in which agencies have delayed existing regulations while weighing revisions to those policies, in response to an appellate court order to provide the list in a suit testing EPA's delay of an Obama-era facility safety rule while the agency reconsiders the regulation.

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The Senate has agreed to vote for the first time on whether to use the Congressional Review Act's (CRA) expedited repeal procedures to overturn years-old agency guidance, prompting opposition from environmental and other groups who fear it would set a precedent that would allow lawmakers to roll back long-standing protection policies.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is defending OSHA's collection of injury and illness record data that is required by the Obama-era injury and illness record-keeping rule as “useful” and “necessary” for enforcement even as he leaves the door open to repealing some of the regulation's data reporting provisions.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is warning Democrats that if they continue to slow walk confirmation votes of the Trump administration's nominees, that the Senate will stay in session through the weekend, as several agencies, including OSHA, have several key leadership positions sitting vacant.

Public interest groups are listing more than two dozen industrial accidents that have occurred since the Trump administration delayed an Obama-era final rule strengthening the agency's facility accident prevention program, highlighting their legal charges that the Trump administration's delay is harmful and should be vacated.