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EPA advances final TSCA fees rule

EPA is poised to issue a final rule for collecting industry fees to support TSCA implementation but critics have sparred over whether the proposed fees are sufficient to support the program.

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EPA Rejects OIG Call For 'Threat Analysis' To Justify Pruitt Security Team

EPA is rejecting calls from its Office of Inspector General (OIG) to pursue a “threat analysis” and take other steps to justify the agency's use of a round-the-clock security detail to protect former Administrator Scott Pruitt, leaving unresolved disputes about the merits of spending millions of dollars on the increased security team.

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Court denies reconsideration of Washington nonpoint order

A federal district court judge is reiterating his finding that environmentalists' lack standing to bring novel claims against EPA regarding Washington state's program to control coastal runoff.

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OIG sets Sept. 4 release for Pruitt security report

EPA's Office of Inspector General will release its report on former Administrator Scott Pruitt's security spending on Sept. 4, with more reports likely to follow.

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EPA grants final 'Buy American' waiver for water infrastructure

The agency says a final 18-month waiver for requirements to use American iron and steel in water infrastructure projects will allow time to ramp up domestic production of nuts and bolts.

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GAO prompts EPA pledge for Columbia River cleanup

The agency is agreeing to develop a plan to implement a statutorily required restoration program for the Columbia River Basin.

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Senators introduce bills to spur PFAS cleanups, detections

One bill is aimed at speeding cleanup of the substances from active and decommissioned military bases, while a second is aimed at studying the extent of the contamination.

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Senate adopts funding for cancer cluster guide

The guidance will assist federal agencies when they investigate potential cancer clusters.

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EPA Workforce Review Appears To Answer Watchdogs' Call For Analysis

EPA is working on a long-awaited comprehensive review of its workforce needs, the Acting Deputy Administrator Henry Darwin tells Inside EPA in a statement, apparently heeding recommendations for such a review from government watchdogs both within and outside the agency that date back to the Clinton administration.

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Wheeler Sees Need For EPA Staff Succession Plans But Major Union Wary

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a recent meeting with Region 5 employees signaled he agrees with their concerns about declining personnel levels and the need to plan for hiring younger people to replace a slew of retiring staffers, though a major EPA union remains wary that his deregulatory agenda will deter new hires.

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