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Even as EPA faces a Nov. 30 statutory deadline for finalizing its 2020 renewable fuel standard (RFS) production goals, significant doubts linger over the fate of the program including whether the agency will meet the deadline, potential changes to EPA’s RFS waiver policy, and questions on plans for the program’s future years.

EPA has issued a final rule that rolls back chemical facility safety requirements that were tightened under the Obama administration even as the agency previewed its legal defenses against all but certain challenges from Democratic states and environmentalists who had threatened to sue over the 2018 proposal that the agency largely codified.

House Democrats are elaborating on their climate change legislative agenda, with nearly two-thirds of the caucus rallying behind newly introduced legislation that would instruct EPA and other federal agencies to work toward a goal of net-zero carbon emissions across the economy by mid-century.

Participants at next month’s annual United Nations climate change negotiations are hoping to complete detailed rules governing the environmental integrity of international carbon markets, posing a new test for the Paris Agreement just as the Trump administration prepares to pull the United States out of the deal.

Participants at next month’s annual United Nations climate change negotiations are hoping to complete detailed rules governing the environmental integrity of international carbon markets, posing a new test for the Paris Agreement just as the Trump administration prepares to pull the United States out of the deal.

Judges hearing oral arguments over EPA’s 2018 mercury inventory rule appeared skeptical of EPA defense against charges that it has exempted too much from the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory, with one judge calling the agency’s defense of an exemption for components containing mercury “bogus” and asking whether it was “rational."

Congress’ long-simmering battle over whether to regulate perfluorinated chemicals under the Superfund law as part of the pending defense bill appears headed for a final showdown as Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over whether to include such legislation in the final measure, which is slated for release this week.