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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.

EPA is asking a federal appeals court to delay by six months a legal deadline to respond to environmentalists' long-standing petition to ban the commonly-used pesticide chlorpyrifos, saying a written report from agency science advisors due in July could inform its decision on whether to finalize its proposed ban on the substance.

EPA is taking steps to advance calls from its Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) to craft a policy on assessing the “cumulative” impacts of air toxics to reduce air pollution in environmental justice (EJ) areas, including updates to its major data screening tools and seeking information on state approaches to the issue.

Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) Republicans fear that EPA is attempting “back-door” enforcement of limits on the greenhouse gas (GHG) methane from oil and gas operations through Clean Air Act data requests on industry's emissions, even though the agency has not issued a methane rule for existing drilling sources.