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Patrick Breysse, director of the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR), says federal agencies are working on developing “consistent messaging” for rolling out ATSDR's controversial draft risk numbers for perfluorinated chemicals that were blocked after EPA and the Defense Department (DOD) raised concerns that they were much stricter than EPA values.

Biofuels groups are expressing skepticism over an apparent proposal by EPA to boost targets for advanced biofuels production in the agency's pending 2019 renewable fuel standard (RFS), saying the Trump administration's decision to grant a number of RFS compliance waivers for “small” refiners is undermining the market for biofuels.

Supporters of the Trump administration's deregulatory agenda are urging lawmakers to codify President Donald Trump's executive order (EO) forcing OSHA, EPA and other agencies to repeal two existing rules for every new measure, though their call is drawing strong pushback from Democrats who say it will undermine protections by limiting rules' estimated benefits and devalue human lives.

Vanessa Allen Sutherland, who the Obama administration appointed to lead the federal board that investigates and advises EPA and other agencies on industrial chemical accidents, announced unexpectedly May 21 that she will be resigning from the board next month, though it is not clear if or who President Trump will select to fill two vacant slots on the panel given his administration's push to eliminate it.