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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.