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District judge allows Flint residents to sue EPA over ‘negligence’

A federal district judge says plaintiffs affected by the city’s lead contamination crisis can proceed with their suit seeking damages from EPA, because its response “cannot be justified” as a matter of policy discretion.

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9th Circuit Orders EPA To Answer Objections To Chlorpyrifos Ban Reversal

A federal appellate court is ordering EPA to quickly respond to environmentalists’ objections to former Administrator Scott Pruitt’s reversal of an Obama-era proposed ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos, an answer that would clear the way for critics of the decision to challenge the agency in courts on the merits of the reversal.

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Environmentalists seek integrity review of shelved formaldehyde analysis

One group provided an email from EPA's air office showing the now-shelved IRIS assessment of formaldehyde remained a priority despite political appointees' claims to the contrary.

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EPA Urges Court To Reject Challenge To Mercury Inventory, Waivers

EPA is urging a federal appellate court to dismiss a suit brought by states and environmentalists seeking to strengthen the agency's June 2018 mercury inventory and repeal the categories of reporting waivers it included, arguing that its rule met requirements that Congress included in its reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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Court Rejects Navy's Bid To Reverse Landmark PFAS Monitoring Ruling

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit has denied the Navy's petition for rehearing of a precedential ruling allowing residents near two military facilities to pursue medical monitoring claims after they were exposed to pefluorinated compounds, saying the military failed to raise its sovereign immunity arguments earlier in the case.

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New CDC Data Drives Renewed Criticism On Administration's Lead Plan

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing children most exposed to lead have recently seen increases in their blood lead levels (BLLs) is driving new criticisms over EPA and other agencies' plan to address the potent neurotoxin, with environmentalists charging the agencies do not address the CDC data.

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Chamber Targets As ‘Job Killer’ California Bill To Protect Obama EPA Rules

The California Chamber of Commerce is targeting six state environmental bills, including a pending measure that would lock-in Obama-era rules from EPA, as part of its annual list of “job killer” measures, a list aimed at pressing lawmakers to weaken or kill the proposals, though two of the bills have already stalled due in part to business opposition.

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EPA Broadens Asbestos SNUR But Still Faces Criticism Over Lack Of Ban

EPA has expanded the number of renewed asbestos uses for which manufacturers would have to seek agency approval though its final significant new use rule (SNUR), issued under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), still falls short of calls from some states and environmentalists for even broader restrictions or a total ban.

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EPA sends proposed perchlorate goal to OMB

EPA faces an April 30 court deadline to propose its drinking water goal, which will eventually be used to determine an enforceable standard.

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Resisting EPA, DOD Chief Defends Eased PFAS Groundwater Cleanup Level

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is strongly defending his department's stance that the acceptable risk level for remediating groundwater contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) should be much weaker than the 70 parts-per-trillion (ppt) level that EPA favors, raising doubts that officials will be able to quickly issue a long-promised policy.

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