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EPA is formally proposing to approve Georgia’s coal ash disposal permit program, which would make the Peach State the second to win federal permission to regulate ash disposal after Oklahoma and the first to go further than EPA’s ash standards by incorporating a 2018 appellate court ruling that ordered the agency to strengthen its nationwide ash rule.

White House officials are staying “tight-lipped” on the content of EPA’s pending “phase two” proposal to overhaul the Obama-era coal ash disposal rule undergoing pre-publication review, after ash reuse industry representatives met with administration officials and urged them to address several flaws in the rule through the proposal.

Automakers are facing pushback on their renewed call for EPA to introduce a single fuel volatility standard that would be lower than existing fragmented limits on fuel, with refiners fighting the idea and a series of recent agency actions including its year-round sales waiver for 15-percent ethanol (E15) casting doubt on the request.

Wastewater and drinking water utilities are raising concerns about some lawmakers’ efforts to force EPA to list a whole class of perfluorinated chemicals as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law, saying it could create cleanup liability for systems that have land-applied their biosolids or disposed of waste from drinking water treatment.

Last week’s House oversight hearing on the Trump administration’s planned rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules is underscoring that supporters and detractors of the policy are locked in an ongoing substantive and political battle over the rule’s environmental, safety and economic effects.

Advisors reviewing EPA’s first draft chemical risk evaluation under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) have raised sharp concerns about several aspects of the draft assessment of pigment violet 29 (PV29), with some urging officials to gather more data because the draft does not support its threshold finding that the chemical doesn’t require risk management.

Facing a court deadline, EPA has issued a final rule that codifies its earlier plans to strengthen its standards identifying hazards from lead paint dust in residential facilities while declining to adopt a new definition of “lead paint,” an approach that appears likely to draw a suit from environmentalists who criticized the proposed version of the plans.