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Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is citing a lack of fiscal reforms to the state’s embattled toxics department to justify vetoing a heavily negotiated bill authored by a leading environmental justice advocate in the Assembly to set up an oversight board and new fee authority for the division, drawing criticism from the lawmaker and equity groups.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has enacted legislation that would prohibit a total of 24 chemicals -- including formaldehyde, various phthalates and certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) -- from being added to cosmetic products starting in 2025, which he claims is the first such chemical ban in the nation.

A coalition of six environmental and animal rights groups is suing the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) over its decision in a new rule to exempt concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from required reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when the facilities receive federally backed loans.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has unanimously granted long-haul trailer makers’ bid for an unusual stay of fuel economy limits imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) while the court weighs a merits ruling on the policy.

Three former EPA administrators along with several public health experts say the agency must prioritize environmental justice (EJ) in its future Clean Air Act policies including regulations to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases, with the former agency chiefs saying existing air rules “have come up really short” on protecting equity communities.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is enacting controversial legislation to exempt from the state’s broad environmental protection review law transit and “climate-friendly” road projects, over strong objections from equity and environmental groups that the measure is far too broad and likely will increase pollution in disadvantaged communities.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is downplaying an Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) report that said the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is not doing enough to ensure that state programs comply with the Civil Rights Act, while also touting his agency’s efforts to promote environmental justice (EJ) through new grants.