Thursday, April 24, 2014
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EPA Advances New Chromium 6 Assessment As California Prepares MCL

EPA is moving closer to revising its years-old assessment of the human health risks of hexavalent chromium (Cr6), which is expected to form the basis for a stricter drinking water standard, though California has recently taken one of the last steps toward finalizing a similar state standard that may not be as strict as what environmentalists are seeking.

The Week Ahead

Supreme Court Hears Superfund Preemption Suit; McCarthy Touts Climate Change Policies

Supreme Court justices will hear oral arguments April 23 in a case that will test whether the federal Superfund law preempts state law limits on plaintiffs' right to pursue "toxic tort" cases. A Senate field hearing in Miami Beach, FL, could highlight inconsistencies in the administration's effort to encourage local governments to prepare for potential effects of climate change.

The Insider

EPA Backs Narrow CWA 'Shield'

EPA is supporting environmentalists' effort to narrow the "permit shield" that protects dischargers under a Clean Water Act general permit from citizen suits.

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High Court Justices Doubt Broad CERCLA Preemption Of State Tort Limits

Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical that Congress intended to broadly preempt state limits on tort claims filed by plaintiffs who have been exposed to chemicals at waste sites when it enacted the Superfund law.

Eastern States Eye Air Pollution Pact In Lieu Of New EPA Transport Rule

Eastern states seeking to cut ozone pollution transported downwind are considering entering into a "memorandum of understanding" (MOU) with upwind states on a coordinated plan for reducing ozone-forming emissions, which state officials say could obviate the need for a new federal interstate air pollution rule that EPA is developing.
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Weighing Data Call, EPA Prepares Health Advisories On Algal Bloom Toxins

Even as EPA weighs whether to require drinking water utilities to monitor for toxins stemming from algal blooms, the agency is planning to craft health advisories for two types of the toxins, adding to the agency's growing attention on the human health effects associated with exposure to the substances.

California Cites Air Act Power In High Court Bid To Uphold Landmark LCFS

EPA Threatens Federal Toxics Criteria If Washington State Misses Deadline