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Toxics

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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IRS poised to issue plan barring tax deductions for some settlements

The proposal may not be welcomed by industry if it bars deductions for most settlements.

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Continuing Push To Limit SEPs, DOJ’s Clark May Seek Citizen Suit Curbs

Weeks after barring EPA and the Justice Department from using supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) in civil settlements, Jeffrey Clark, the Justice Department’s (DOJ) environment chief, says he is now weighing whether he can also prohibit their use in citizen enforcement suits, while also suggesting he may seek to limit the suits themselves.

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Many TSCA Advisors Back EPA’s Controversial TCE Risk Approach

Despite some divisions, many of EPA’s toxics advisors appear to be backing the agency’s controversial approach for assessing the risks of trichloroethylene (TCE), the widely used solvent, likely clearing a path for EPA to finalize a less-conservative evaluation under the toxics law than what many environmentalists and other public health advocates favor.

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EPA’s Draft TCE Analysis Drives New Calls To Bolster Worker Protections

EPA’s draft evaluation of trichloroethylene (TCE) is driving new calls from its science advisors and a top former OSHA official to strengthen its analyses of occupational exposures to chemicals in the first 10 evaluations, suggesting the agency more fully address protections beyond personal protective equipment (PPE).

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As EPA Readies Guide, Waste Industry Seeks Waiver For Numerous Rules

The waste and recycling industry is asking EPA to suspend enforcement of numerous rules during the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest in a series of sectors seeking relief from EPA in a guidance that is expected to be issued as soon as March 26.

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Senate adds short-term CFATS extension to emergency aid package

The three-month extension means lawmakers will soon have to debate the chemical facility security program’s future given Trump administration calls to end it.

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Facing Industry Concerns, EPA Unveils Steps To Ease TSCA Fees

EPA is taking steps to address widespread industry fears over fees the agency must levy to pay for upcoming risk evaluations under the revised toxics law, including creating waivers so some firms may be exempted from future obligations and issuing an enforcement waiver for those companies that fail to self-identify ahead of a May deadline.

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EPA Says It Is ‘Listening’ To SACC On TSCA But Draws Renewed Criticisms

EPA toxics chief Alex Dunn sought to assure advisors reviewing draft risk evaluations that the agency is “listening to you,” but during a March 24 meeting to review the agency’s draft evaluation of trichloroethylene (TCE) some advisors renewed long-running concerns that have spanned multiple evaluations.

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