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House science committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) has followed through on her long-running threat to subpoena EPA for allegedly withholding data on its decision to drop assessments of 10 chemicals, including formaldehyde, that were being conducted by its Influential Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program.

States, environmental groups and local air officials are pushing back against Trump administration claims that litigation over Trump’s preemption of state vehicle emission rules belongs in appellate court, highlighting the legal downsides to the government’s strategy of severing the preemption action from a plan to weaken federal standards.

As EPA unveils a framework for how it plans to bolster the struggling municipal recycling sector, waste industry officials are urging the agency and other federal entities to provide more leadership and additional policies to help advance the sector, which has struggled in the face of shuttered export markets and inadequate infrastructure.

A federal judge has rejected EPA’s effort to block environmentalists’ suit challenging the agency’s refusal to craft asbestos reporting rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a potentially precedent-setting ruling that could further bolster plaintiffs’ efforts seeking to challenge EPA petition denials.

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is criticizing the Defense Department’s (DOD) approach for developing a new occupational exposure limit (OEL) for the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE), including DOD’s decision to exclude a controversial study EPA has used to set TCE risk values to protect against fetal heart malformations.

After a trial that appeared to show flaws in New York’s novel climate securities fraud case against ExxonMobil, supporters of several local governments’ climate nuisance suits against oil companies say that a potential adverse ruling for New York would have no effect on the tort cases because they are based on different legal claims.

Over 100 House Democrats are poised to formally endorse legislation setting a national goal of a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050 and urging federal agencies to take early steps to meet that target using existing authority, part of an effort to craft a broad legislative agenda and mobilize advocacy around climate policy.