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Environmentalists are raising doubts on EPA's ability to quickly ban asbestos using new authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform law, despite proponents of the law saying the new powers will help the agency overcome regulatory barriers that stymied its first attempt to regulate the known carcinogen in the 1990s.

EPA has issued findings of whether areas are attaining or in nonattainment with its 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS), identifying four areas in Illinois, Maryland and Michigan that are exceeding the limit and will have to craft strict pollution reduction plans to come into attainment.

EPA is fighting wastewater utilities' bid to introduce an internal agency “desk statement” as evidence in their suit claiming the agency is unlawfully deciding not to apply nationwide an appellate ruling on wet-weather wastewater treatment policies, saying that even if the statement helps the petitioners' case it is still redundant.

EPA is seeking to downplay the impact on the agency's policy decisions from the Supreme Court's recent ruling faulting the Department of Labor (DOL) for changing a policy position without a "reasoned explanation," fighting efforts by environmentalists and industry groups to cite the ruling to bolster their suits over EPA rules.

EPA air policy advisors are nearing approval of a novel strategy document outlining voluntary efforts to cut emissions from U.S. ports through steps including improving ports' coordination of air policy with governments; taking a better inventory of air pollution at ports; and other measures that could change operations at ports.

EPA is proposing to bill facilities that treat, store and dispose of hazardous waste for use of its planned electronic system for tracking shipments of hazardous waste, rather than charging “generators” who produce and transport the waste, while taking comment on how to structure the bills and possible penalties for non-payment, among other issues.

EPA's pending final phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) truck rule will include a “modest” boost in the stringency of the heavy-duty engine standard above what was proposed, sources familiar with the final rule say, a move that appears aimed at addressing one of the top priorities of California officials and environmentalists.