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EPA Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) judges, in a case testing the reach of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reporting rules, are signaling support for EPA arguments that companies must submit information that backs already known risks, and that violations may continue until the information is submitted, allowing penalties to accrue.

EPA's second ever approval of a carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project under new Safe Drinking Water (SDWA) permit rules is prompting an Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) suit over claims the permit review failed to fully consider adverse air and endangered species impacts, weeks after landowners filed suit over the first ever permits.

Major refiners and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) are urging EPA to scrap its proposed stricter refinery emissions rules and pursue new analyses of the regulations' potential adverse harms for the sector, outlining what they say are a host of legal, practical and economic flaws with the proposal that could serve as grounds for future litigation.

EPA headquarters appears to have rejected calls from agency Region 10 officials, environmentalists and others to consider ending a years-old exemption from the oil and gas sector's Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent standards for the Cook Inlet watershed in Alaska, although the agency is leaving the door open for future action, saying in its recent effluent plan that it will continue to study the issue.

Environmental groups are urging a federal advisory panel to recommend that EPA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) improve the information in a new draft guide aimed at explaining what fish pregnant women and children should eat and which they should avoid, raising concerns especially about the mercury risks light tuna presents.

EPA's decision to ask the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to assist the agency in broadening the list of speakers and variety of viewpoints expressed at public meetings on scientific issues related to the agency's often controversial toxicological assessments is drawing concern from the chemical industry, which is raising questions about the transparency of the project.