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Toxics

Faulting EPA Analysis, Critics Step Up Push For Stalled Asbestos Ban Bill

A key House Democrat and an asbestos awareness group are stepping up efforts to advance stalled bipartisan legislation seeking to ban asbestos, arguing EPA’s recently released draft evaluation of the minerals under the revised toxics law is too narrowly focused and ignores multiple aspects of asbestos risk as well an appellate court ruling.

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EPA extends science rule comment deadline

The new May 18 comment deadline for the plan puts any final rule at risk of being easily scrapped under the Congressional Review Act if Democrats sweep the November elections.

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OIG stands behind EtO alert despite Wheeler’s call for withdrawal

The watchdog office is refusing Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s request to withdraw an “urgent” management alert that called for new outreach to communities affected by ethylene oxide emissions.

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EPA, Industry Urge Court To Deny Stay In RMP Rollback Rule Case

EPA is urging a federal appeals court to reject environmentalists’ request to stay litigation challenging its rollback of Obama-era chemical disaster safety mandates as the agency weighs their reconsideration petitions, arguing a stay runs counter to the Clean Air Act (CAA) even if petitions for rule reconsideration are pending.

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EPA finds 'steady decline’ in use of mercury products

There is no “indication of imports or exports of elemental mercury into or out of the United States during the reporting year,” EPA says in a statement.

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For now, CSB has a quorum after Senate confirms nominee

Katherine Lemos’ confirmation means the five-member board has a quorum to investigate chemical accidents at least until the board’s other member’s term expires in August.

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EPA selects new OPPT director from DOE

Yvette Collazo assumed the OPPT director’s role March 29, replacing Jeff Morris, who retired.

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EPA Readies Review Of Asbestos Risk Finding Despite Calls For Delay

EPA is moving ahead with a planned scientific review of its just-released draft evaluation of asbestos, which found the substance poses unreasonable risk to workers, consumers and others, despite calls from science advisors and other critics who had urged the agency to delay the review until after the coronavirus pandemic.

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Critics Urge EPA To Reconsider RMP Rollback As They Seek To Stall Suits

As they seek to stall legal challenges, critics of EPA’s rule rolling back Obama-era chemical disaster safety mandates are urging the agency to reconsider the measure, arguing in administrative petitions that officials “cherry pick[ed]” new data, ignored significant continuing chemical accidents and relied on new rationales.

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Court upholds BLM fracking rule repeal

“Given this narrow scope of review, the Court thus cannot conclude that BLM’s reasoning was contrary to the evidence presented or that the evidence compels a different result,” the court ruled.

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