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Environmental and legal experts are urging the incoming Biden administration to tighten regulatory measures and policies under federal environmental laws to better manage or prevent toxic flooding stemming from chemical plants after major storm events, amid evidence that global warming is intensifying these weather events.

President-elect Joe Biden’s EPA is unlikely to quickly reverse the Trump administration’s imminent final rule to retain the existing suite of federal particulate matter (PM) air standards, sources say, and will instead pursue a major overhaul of the agency’s science and air policies that could eventually lead to a reconsideration of the rule.

The Army Corps of Engineers has denied a Clean Water Act (CWA) dredge-and-fill permit for the controversial planned Pebble Mine in Alaska, saying the mine developer’s wetlands compensatory mitigation plan did not comply with federal rules and that a Corps review determined “that the project is contrary to the public interest.”

Energy industry lobbyists say they continue to expect a Senate vote this year on clean-energy legislation including provisions for carbon capture and storage (CCS), efficiency standards, energy storage and hydrogen production research, with senators potentially approving narrower measures than bills that have stalled in the current Congress.

EPA has released for public comment draft scoping documents that will guide its evaluation of two phthalates that manufacturers asked officials to assess under the revised TSCA, which will test the law’s preemption language because they each propose to evaluate toys and other uses currently regulated by states and federal safety regulators.

President-elect Joe Biden is tasking former Secretary of State John Kerry, who he has tapped as a presidential climate envoy, to “reimagine” U.S. national security amid an existential climate crisis by assembling a foreign policy team that is being asked to view global threats as interconnected.

Environmentalists plan to press the incoming Biden administration to reverse an 11th hour Trump EPA final rule that opts against requiring three industries -- chemical manufacturing, the power industry and the petroleum sector -- to provide financial assurances under the Superfund law to cover any potential future cleanup costs linked to their facilities.