Friday, August 22, 2014
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Peer Reviewers At Odds On EPA Methane Papers But Seek Better GHG Data

Peer reviewers charged with commenting on EPA white papers examining sources of methane emissions from energy production are largely split on any policy outcomes and a host of other issues but they agree that the agency needs to improve its data, including by making greater use of data from its greenhouse gas reporting (GHG) program.

The Week Ahead

Peer Reviewers Assess EPA Manufacturing Chemical Studies; SAB Weighs CWA Jurisdiction

Risk assessment experts will hold a two-day meeting this week to peer review EPA's draft studies on the health impacts of two ubiquitous perfluorochemicals (PFCs) once used in manufacturing, but now considered potential carcinogens. Meanwhile, an EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) panel is slated to hold an informal discussion of the agency's Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule.

The Insider

Court Backs EPA Water Limit Veto

EPA has won a case pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit that challenged its 2011 rejection of proposed site-specific water quality criteria in Arkansas.

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Reviewers Question EPA's Core Decisions In PFOA, PFOS Hazard Analysis

A panel of independent experts reviewing the EPA water office's draft assessments of the human health risks of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), are questioning some of the agency's core decisions for the quantitative risk estimates, though some reviewers struggled to provide alternate recommendations and instead called on EPA to better justify its analyses of the ubiquitous chemicals.

Doubting State, Industry Harms, EPA Again Urges Court To Reinstate CSAPR

EPA is again urging a federal appeals court to reinstate implementation of its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) while delaying the rule's compliance deadlines by three years, charging in a just-filed brief that industry and state opponents have failed to prove any tangible harms from allowing implementation to resume.

Criticisms Of EPA Drilling UIC Permit Oversight May Spur Delegation Fight

Environmentalists say EPA is not sufficiently overseeing states' delegated issuance of Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) underground injection control (UIC) permits for oil and gas wastewater disposal, leading to varying and sometimes inadequate state permits and possible future calls for the agency to rescind the delegated power.

Industry, Advocates Spar Over Reach Of Retroactive Diesel Fracking Suits

States, GOP Ramp Up Concerns Over Costs Of Stricter EPA Ozone NAAQS

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