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EPA Receives Conflicting Comments On Proposed Lead Dust Rule Update

EPA's proposal to strengthen its 2001 lead paint dust hazard standards is spurring conflicting reactions, with healthy housing groups, environmentalists and some states urging the agency to significantly tighten its standards for protective measures in some locations, though home builders say more data is necessary to ensure the proposal is viable.

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EPA Drops Plan To Weigh First Responders' Asbestos Risk, Citing Legacy Use

EPA has dropped an early plan to consider risks of asbestos exposures to firefighters and other first responders due to its policy of excluding legacy uses from consideration for possible regulation under the revised toxics law, a move that is drawing protest from a group representing the workers and highlights the controversy around the policy decision.

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Industry Backs EPA's Plan For Narrow Asbestos Analysis, Sparking Clash

The power industry is supporting EPA's narrow approach for assessing the health risks of exposure to asbestos, especially its decision to preclude legacy uses, setting up a clash with critics who say the agency should broadly assess all risks as part of an effort to ban the mineral.

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D.C. Circuit Scraps Pruitt's Delay Of Obama-Era Rule As 'Mockery' Of Law

Appellate judges have scrapped former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's rule delaying by almost two years implementation of Obama-era facility safety requirements after finding the delay made a “mockery” of Clean Air Act mandates, the latest in a string of legal losses for the agency in suits filed over Pruitt delays of Obama EPA policies.

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D.C. Circuit Scraps Pruitt's Delay Of Obama RMP Rule As 'Mockery' Of Law

Appellate judges have scrapped former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's rule delaying by almost two years implementation of Obama-era facility safety requirements after finding the delay made a “mockery” of Clean Air Act mandates, the latest in a string of legal losses for the agency in suits filed over Pruitt delays of Obama EPA policies.

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Judge Scraps CWA Rule Delay, Reviving Obama-Era Standard In 26 States

A federal district judge has scrapped EPA's two-year delay on implementing the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction standard, backing environmentalists' claim that the delay violated Administrative Procedure Act (APA) notice-and-comment requirements and reinstating the 2015 jurisdiction standard in 26 states.

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EPA nears release of GenX toxicity values

States can use the agency's values to set their own regulatory and other standards for the chemical, a top EPA water official says.

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Industry Backs TSCA New Chemical Review Plan Despite EPA Abandonment

Chemical and other manufacturers are aggressively defending EPA's draft framework for reviewing new chemicals under the revised toxics law, charging it is consistent with the law and sufficiently protective, even though the agency has signaled it will not implement the plan in the face of a lawsuit from environmentalists.

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Democratic lawmakers fault Trump's RMP rollback

Democratic lawmakers are highlighting risks to low-income and minority communities in opposing EPA's plan to largely scrap an Obama-era update to the agency's facility safety rule.

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EPA Faces Broad Criticism Over Plan To Limit Asbestos Analysis, Regulation

EPA's plans to analyze and possibly regulate some existing and renewed uses of asbestos is drawing broad criticisms from a coalition of Democratic attorneys general, environmentalists and former agency officials, who say it precludes a host of possible uses and falls short of the total ban that is needed.

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