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House Democrats appear likely to step up their oversight of EPA’s implementation of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) after the agency sidestepped their calls to ban workplace uses of methylene chloride in paint strippers, an action they said would not protect workers.

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A just-issued analysis of new OSHA data from a labor group shows a drop in the agency's “complicated and high-impact inspections” and a “historic low” number of inspectors even as workplace fatalities increased, suggesting a road map for lawmakers as they weigh the agency's budget request to hire nearly three dozen new inspectors and other personnel.

State and local emergency response officials are renewing their call for EPA to promulgate an accident prevention rule to address chemical spills under the Clean Water Act (CWA), criticizing the agency's decision to drop plans for such a rule as a dereliction of duty and arguing recently released EPA data does nothing to support the agency's decision.

Republicans and the chemical industry are rejecting Democrats' calls to require industry to share data with first responders under the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, a step intended to fill the gap left by EPA's planned rollback of an Obama-era risk management plan (RMP) rule.

The Trump administration is requesting a slight increase for OSHA’s overall budget for fiscal year 2020, with some additional funds aimed at hiring new whistleblower and facility inspectors in high-hazard industries, a plan that is likely to ease concerns from Democrats, who have highlighted what they say is the agency's inadequate inspection force.

The Labor Department (DOL) is asking a federal court to stay litigation brought by state and citizen groups challenging OSHA's bid to delay provisions of the Obama-era recordkeeping rule for 2017 until after the court resolves the groups' separate challenge to the Trump administration's measure rolling back the rule's requirements.

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in a new dissent claims there is “mounting criticism” of the Chevron principle that gives primacy to OSHA and other agencies’ interpretations of unclear laws, raising the stakes for pending cases that could give the court’s strengthened conservative majority an opening to narrow or scrap the doctrine.

Heather MacDougall, chair of the administrative commission that reviews OSHA penalties and citations, has announced plans to resign in the coming weeks, a move that will leave the panel without a quorum -- and unable to rule on several pending cases -- as another member's term is slated to expire.

In a precedent-setting decision, OSHA’s review commission has, for the first time, upheld the agency's use of General Duty Clause authority to address a fatal workplace violence incident, but the commission's chair, in a concurrent opinion, strongly urged the agency to promulgate a workplace violence standard, underscoring lawmakers' calls.

In a split decision, OSHA's review commission has reversed an agency citation issued under its General Duty Clause authority that sought to penalize a construction company whose employee died from heat stress, a ruling that labor advocates say raises the bar for such cases and shows the need for OSHA to develop a heat stress prevention standard.

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A group of 34 House Democrats is urging Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to reinstate the Obama administration's 2016 final recordkeeping and reporting rule which required employers to submit to OSHA reports on workplace illnesses and injuries but which the Trump administration has scaled back to address what it says are privacy concerns.

The White House has completed its review of EPA’s rule limiting use of methylene chloride in paint strippers, clearing the way for the agency to issue a first-time measure targeting an existing chemical under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) though critics say it fails to adequately protect workers and falls short of an Obama plan.

President Donald Trump has signed into law a five-year reauthorization of EPA’s authority to collect industry fees to support quick pesticide registrations, that Senate Democrats are hailing as preserving Obama-era farmworker protections that the Trump EPA had sought to roll back, spurring years of delay in passing the law.

The White House has approved two Labor Department (DOL) proposals sought by industry, including an update to an OSHA standard on powered industrial trucks and another that eases OSHA’s lockout/tagout safety standards that applies to power equipment that shuts off during repair work.