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EPA’s final evaluation of the solvent n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) greatly expands the list of industrial uses that pose unreasonable risks compared to the draft version, though the final analysis also narrows the consumer uses that pose such risks and maintains the Trump-era policy of not considering risks that could be addressed under other laws.

A California appellate court has upheld the state air board’s regulatory fee on paint and coatings manufacturers for their products’ emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), finding in part that the fee is not a “tax” requiring two-thirds approval by the legislature under Proposition 13 and is not arbitrary or capricious.

EPA, states and environmental groups have reached a tentative settlement to add asbestos to the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) program, teeing up a new mandate for facilities to report their imports and uses of the substance although an exact deadline for the rulemaking remains uncertain.

Nine state attorneys general (AGs) from primarily Democratic states and environmental groups who have sued over the Trump EPA’s revised lead and copper drinking water rule (LCR) are backing the Biden administration’s proposal to extend key implementation dates for the rule, and are calling on EPA to make several changes to the rule.

Sierra Club is asking the Biden EPA to strengthen Trump-era proposed air toxics rules for the cyanide products and polyurethane foam production sectors, including tougher emissions limits, more air monitoring mandates and rejecting Clean Air Act violation waivers for pollution during “force majeure” events.

California lawmakers are advancing a sweeping $3.3 billion agriculture and climate change resilience bond bill that, if approved, would place the measure before voters in the November 2022 general election, offering funding for a variety of projects that reduce emissions, improve agriculture resilience and sustainability.

A bipartisan group of eight senators is urging Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to allow states and localities to use funds designated broadly for water and sewer infrastructure under the massive COVID-19 stimulus package toward mitigating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination, calling it a “critical need.”