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Environmentalists that have brought the first legal challenges to new EPA rules issued under the recently revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) have filed separate suits that sidestep the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, likely due to concerns that the court, which hears most challenges to EPA rules, would be more receptive to agency arguments.

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Public interest groups are fighting the Department of Justice's (DOJ) novel claim that showing harm to the groups' ability to comment on regulatory repeals is not enough to give them standing to sue over President Donald Trump's executive order (EO) directing agencies to identify two rules to repeal for every new rule they issue, countering that DOJ's argument would limit citizens' ability to challenge a host of constitutional violations.

OSHA is investigating a “potential compromise” of its electronic portal for accepting companies' worker injury and illness data under the Obama administration's controversial record-keeping rule, highlighting companies' fears over data disclosures under the rule.

A panel convened to inform a future EPA rule for reducing reporting for certain chemicals' uses is split on whether to eliminate long-standing exemptions for certain uses, with industry arguing the move would duplicate OSHA oversight and environmentalists saying the exemptions lack scientific basis, though EPA is seeking compromise to sustain talks.

EPA has denied an industry request to delay the effective of date of the Obama administration's Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reporting rule for nanomaterials in commerce, but the agency has updated implementing guidance to better clarify “reportable substances” and is promising to answer additional questions in future updates to the guide.

Several environmental groups have filed multiple suits over two of EPA's initial rules for implementing the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), pursuing challenges in several federal appellate courts claiming that the regulations violate the provisions of the updated toxics law and the Administrative Procedure Act.

Washington state firefighters are urging Democratic senators to halt development of a novel dispersion modeling approach for assessing risks from toxic gas releases, arguing the federal agency and industry collaboration underestimates risks to the public in filings with EPA and other agencies, though an industry group says the method is based on sound science and may still be revised.

Environmentalists and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) are faulting EPA's “operating principles” for streamlined review of new chemicals under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), saying it fails to adequately address “reasonably foreseen uses” -- the same narrow approach EPA is using for existing chemicals that critics say is unlawful.

The federal judge hearing litigation challenging President Donald Trump's executive order (EO) requiring OSHA, EPA and other agencies to repeal two rules for every new measure issued appeared to criticize the measure during Aug. 10 arguments charging it functions as a “shadow” regulatory review process that would not have a transparent effect.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is urging the Labor Department (DOL) to address two Obama OSHA priorities, calling for DOL to determine whether new regulation is needed to address workplace violence in the health care sector and to reduce risks of accidents at facilities that handle toxic chemicals such as ammonium nitrate.

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A coalition of Democratic state attorneys general (AG) is backing environmentalists' efforts to vacate EPA's lengthy delay of an Obama-era update to the agency's facility accident prevention program, arguing the delay violates the Clean Air Act and is arbitrary and capricious because it misconstrues a federal arson finding as central to the update rule.

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has scheduled 90 minutes for oral argument next month in litigation challenging the Obama OSHA's landmark silica rule, allowing time for industry claims faulting the agency's assessment of silica's risks and the feasibility of the rule, as well as for labor concerns that the rule is not strict enough.

The Trump administration has reportedly selected Loren Sweatt, a senior policy advisor to the House panel with oversight for labor, as OSHA's deputy chief, a role in which she is expected to lead the agency until an Assistant Labor Secretary is nominated and confirmed for OSHA's top political leadership position, according to published reports.

Fuel, petrochemical and other industry groups are seeking to intervene in environmentalists' lawsuit aiming to vacate the Trump EPA's 20-month delay for implementing Obama-era revisions to the agency's Risk Management Plan (RMP) program, with the groups saying that they would face financial harm if the court were to scrap the stay.