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Colorado regulators have adopted a zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) requirement in the state, paving the way for the state to join with California and nine other states that have already adopted such programs amid efforts to encourage greater adoption of fully electric and electrified models.

Lawmakers representing congressional districts in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Texas are joining Illinois’ delegation in questioning EPA’s response to information it released last year about cancer risk to communities exposed to ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions from facilities such as sterilization or chemical production plants.

Oil and gas industry groups are cautiously welcoming EPA’s tentative plan to establish a novel emissions trading program for oil and gas drilling operations in Utah’s Uinta Basin to curb high ozone levels, but local leaders warn the plan should not distract from pursuing what they say are other urgent measures to reduce pollution.

Fearing a patchwork of strict state rules, a variety of consumer product manufacturers is urging EPA to expand its planned or ongoing risk evaluations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in an effort to preempt states from regulating -- or banning -- certain chemicals’ uses.

Rep. Greg Walden, (R-OR), ranking member of the House energy panel, is praising EPA’s “flexible” technical guidance easing the use by forest managers of “prescribed” fires to thin out forests and prevent much larger wildfires with catastrophic impacts to health and the environment, saying it will assist with forest management.

The White House has been meeting with auto companies that have not joined the voluntary agreement California signed with four manufacturers over vehicle greenhouse gas standards, defending its deregulatory plan and prodding the companies not to join the deal, according to several sources familiar with the issue.

Major industry groups are urging an appeals court to vacate an EPA Superfund site listing based solely on the presence of toxic vapor intrusion, charging the precedent-setting listing could drive not only costlier cleanups and more listings but also strengthen other decisions, such as risk assessments and land use evaluations when setting cleanup remedies.