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Proponents of reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are weighing existing legislative models to help inform how to structure the bill's provisions on EPA and state partnerships on chemicals management and the extent to which the measure should preempt state programs -- a major point of contention in the reform debate.

Environmentalists are saying that EPA's analysis of data it took from the state-run FracFocus database for disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid underscores the need for a federal mandatory disclosure database, because the agency found gaps in the data where industry claimed it was confidential business information (CBI).

Petroleum company Anadarko is urging the Supreme Court to review an appellate ruling that found it partially liable for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill based on a novel interpretation of “discharge” under the Clean Water Act (CWA), saying the case is of national importance and that the ruling conflicts with high court precedent and prior appellate decisions.

EPA in its fiscal year 2016 budget documents is detailing its plan to advance its "next generation" bid to improve enforcement across a host of programs including a major shift to electronic reporting (e-reporting) for water permits, but states are questioning how they could win credit from EPA for their own novel enforcement efforts.

EPA is reporting strong early compliance with its greenhouse gas (GHG) rules for light-duty vehicles, but as officials prepare for a mid-term review of the program, questions linger about future compliance as consumers are increasingly purchasing less-efficient vehicles due to slumping gas prices and industry braces for a loss of a key source of credits from the sale of flex-fuel vehicles.

An EPA advisory panel is weighing recommendations for the agency to require drinking water utilities to design their own long-term programs to replace their lead service lines to reduce lead levels in drinking water as part of forthcoming revisions to the lead and copper rule (LCR), in order to get past a tricky legal question of whether the utilities “control” all the pipes delivering water to customers.