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EPA’s just-released justification to Congress for its fiscal year 2020 budget details an aggressive plan for shifting significant environmental oversight to states either through delegated authority or slashing programs that complement states’ work, but it also seeks deep cuts to funds that could help states pay for the increased workload.

House Democrats appear likely to step up their oversight of EPA’s implementation of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) after the agency sidestepped their calls to ban workplace uses of methylene chloride in paint strippers, an action they said would not protect workers.

A coalition of at least 23 states says EPA lacks Clean Air Act authority for its proposal to scrap the Obama-era finding that its utility air toxics rule is “appropriate and necessary” because the law generally bars reconsideration of such findings and the agency’s justification for the rollback fails to meet the requirement for reversal.

House Democrats are poised to further flesh out their climate change agenda this week when Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), chairman of the House Energy & Commerce environment and climate subcommittee, unveils a set of “principles” for a comprehensive national plan to address climate change.

Environmentalists are asking a federal district court to scrap EPA’s first-time approval of a state’s coal ash disposal plan, arguing that Oklahoma’s precedent-setting plan is void because it is too lax and the agency has not yet issued guidelines mandated by federal waste law for how states should seek public input on their ash programs.

California’s top air regulator is looking beyond the state’s current fight with the Trump administration over vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards to advance the state’s ambitious climate change agenda, primarily the acceleration of multiple programs to transition the transportation sector to all-electric vehicles (EVs).

Facing widespread criticism that its first-time ban on consumer uses of paint strippers containing methylene chloride does not protect workers, the agency's top toxics official is leaving the door open to taking future action to limit workplace risks under the revised toxics law though she stopped short of pledging to ban the chemical's commercial uses that many critics are seeking.