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EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has begun a phased reopening of the agency’s offices to staff, beginning with three regional offices, while pledging a “measured and deliberate approach” that includes significant voluntary and suggested telework through multiple steps of the process.

An industry lawyer is backing environmentalists’ charges that EPA's “scope” documents that will guide the next 20 risk evaluations of high-priority chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are vulnerable to legal challenge and must be revised, intensifying the battle over the documents ahead of a looming June deadline.

EPA has approved a novel request from a cleaning products group to add eight chemicals to its voluntary safer chemicals program list, opening the door to the substances eventually being added to any new list of chemicals deemed low-priority for assessment and possible regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Environmentalists, public health advocates and former EPA scientists are clashing with major industry groups over EPA’s plan to retain its suite of particulate matter (PM) ambient air limits, with critics of the proposal saying it fails to protect public health from PM pollution while industry supporters of the plan say it is scientifically sound.

A coal mining firm is suing EPA over its just-published final rule scrapping the cost-benefit review underpinning the Obama administration’s landmark mercury and air toxics standards (MATS), a lawsuit that environmentalists and others predicted would be filed and that places the fate of the overall utility emissions regulation in jeopardy.

A House Republican strategist says the party might be open to backing a carbon tax if the proceeds were used to pay down debt amassed during the COVID-19 pandemic or boost major indebted programs, even though existing proposals have no chance of enactment in the current Congress.

EPA and one of its major unions have reached a tentative agreement after months of negotiations on a new partial contract that will give employees who work five days a week the option of an additional telework day, expanding the amount of allowed telework beyond a unilateral contract the agency imposed on those union members last summer.