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December 23, 2021

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.

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June 11, 2021

The EPA air office’s just-issued regulatory agenda omits some key rulemakings expected from the agency, such as revisions to air quality standards, or delays others without deadlines for action, as officials wrestle with prioritizing its actions while faced with a daunting workload and still-limited resources to deal with a multitude of problems.

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EPA’s newly unveiled regulatory agenda says it will set new compliance deadlines for some or all of its five TSCA rules governing persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals in September, just as a “no-action” order averting what industry says would be devastating impacts from enforcing one of the rules is set to expire.

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EPA’s unified agenda of upcoming regulatory actions offers new details on agency timelines for prioritizing light-duty vehicle standards and oil and gas sector methane controls in its initial greenhouse gas regulations, while appearing to confirm GHG rules for power plants are proceeding on a slower regulatory track.

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EPA is setting “long-term” deadlines for revising a suite of major Clean Water Act (CWA) rules crafted by the Trump administration, including measures governing the CWA’s reach and discharge limits for power plants, as well as lead drinking water standards, though its overhaul of states’ water act authorities is slated for proposal next February.

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EPA is defending the Trump administration’s decision to allow Florida to begin issuing Clean Water Act (CWA) section 404 dredge-and-fill permits, arguing the agency properly followed federal administrative procedures and urging a federal district court to reject environmentalists’ arguments to the contrary.

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June 10, 2021

EPA will reconsider the Trump EPA’s controversial decision to leave federal standards for particulate matter (PM) unchanged from their 2012 levels and will use an accelerated review process using supplemental scientific data to issue a final rule likely tightening the limits in “Spring 2023,” the agency announced June 10.

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EPA Administrator Michael Regan’s pledge to craft a new “middle ground” policy defining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) is facing significant doubts as supporters of the Trump-era definition threaten legal action over Biden administration overhaul plans while environmentalists slam the officials over the pace of any changes.

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EPA is scrapping its controversial Trump-era guidance that environmentalists said unlawfully narrowed a significant new use rule (SNUR) for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), alongside issuing a legally-mandated TSCA proposal setting new reporting requirements for PFAS manufactured or imported since 2011.

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Oil company Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) has dropped its request for the Supreme Court to review and reverse a Superfund ruling that forced it to face contribution claims at a Montana site, in a case that was linked to the high court’s recent holding that non-Superfund settlements do not trigger the law’s contribution claims and its three-year statute of limitations.

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Oil company Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) has dropped its request for the Supreme Court to review and reverse a Superfund ruling that forced it to face contribution claims at a Montana site, in a case that was linked to the high court’s recent holding that non-Superfund settlements do not trigger the law’s contribution claims and its three-year statute of limitations.

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EPA Administrator Michael Regan says he is aiming for an “electric future” for road transportation, though he sees a useful role for near-term measures to reduce diesel exhaust, greenhouse gases and other air emissions from vehicles, statements that may heighten tensions with the oil and biofuels industries who compete over liquid fuels markets.

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Environmental justice (EJ) groups are urging California officials to prioritize direct air pollution cuts from major industrial sources in disadvantaged communities as part of an updated “scoping plan” to achieve the state’s lofty greenhouse gas-reduction goal for 2030 and its 2045 “carbon neutrality” target, signaling future debate over the use of “market-based” mechanisms that EJ groups generally oppose.

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New Mexico’s environment secretary is urging senators to back calls for EPA to designate certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a “hazardous waste” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) a possible alternative to long-running calls for the agency to take a similar action under the Superfund law.

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The path for Washington state’s newly enacted greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program to eventually link to the larger California-Quebec trading system faces a number of hurdles, including ensuring that any connection complies with a number of environmental justice (EJ) and equity-related provisions in the Washington law, according to officials.

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June 09, 2021

General Motors says it now supports the “emission reduction goals” California negotiated with a five other auto companies, while urging that EPA in its forthcoming update to near-term greenhouse gas standards adopt an electric vehicle (EV) “compliance pathway” that would recognize “early” investments in such technology.

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Biden administration officials and congressional Democrats are continuing to press for major climate-related elements to be included in an infrastructure package being negotiated on Capitol Hill, even as one set of bipartisan talks on the issue broke down in part over climate-related differences.

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Environmental groups are decrying the Biden administration’s decision to leave the Trump-era definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) in place while EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers craft a new definition and are calling on the administration to repeal the 2020 rule as soon as possible to protect vulnerable communities.

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EPA has rescinded nearly all provisions in a controversial Trump-era rule that curbed the authorities of its Environmental Appeals Board (EAB), the body that adjudicates challenges to permits and administrative penalties, with the Biden administration saying the reversal restores the board’s impartiality and independence.

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House Democrats are optimistic they will reach agreement with the Senate on clean water infrastructure investments for EPA even while pushing a bill that authorizes higher funding levels than the Senate approved, pointing to offers from Senate Republicans during failed talks with President Joe Biden.

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