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Environmentalists sue over EPA refusal to reconsider RMP rule

The litigation challenges the agency’s decision in August to deny environmentalists’ petition for administrative reconsideration of EPA’s rule reversing Obama-era facility safety requirements.

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Industry Likely To Step Up Scrutiny Of States’ PFAS Limits In Next Year

Industry groups are expected to step up scrutiny in the next year of states’ growing efforts to develop enforceable drinking water limits for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including potentially more court action, an industry attorney says, especially given new scientific developments expected to be done on PFAS’ effects.

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EPA sends final dust-lead clearance rule to OMB for review

Environmental and public health groups criticized the proposed version of the rule, saying it is inadequate to protect against risks to human health from lead exposures.

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EPA approves new dicamba products following adverse court ruling

EPA has issued new registrations for three herbicides incorporating the chemical dicamba, months after a federal appellate court scrapped previous approvals as not protective of the environment.

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9th Circuit Judges Signal Need For EPA To Update Lead Paint Definition

A panel of three appellate judges at Oct. 27 oral appeared ready to force EPA to write a long-awaited update on its lead-based paint definition used in setting hazard levels for the substances, but also signaled disagreements on whether the agency can consider additional factors such as economic impacts when issuing lead hazard policies.

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9th Circuit Poised To Weigh ‘Achievability’ In EPA Lead Dust Hazard Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is scheduled to hear oral argument Oct. 27 in environmentalists’ challenge to EPA’s lead dust hazard rule, weighing whether the agency was right to consider “achievability” in establishing the standards and whether it should have set additional related lead policies when issuing the regulation.

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Senate Democrats press EPA to implement GAO lead recommendations

Senate Democrats say they are disappointed that EPA to date has not committed to implementing Government Accountability Office recommendations on reducing children’s lead exposures.

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House panel probes reasons for PFOA releases at plants

The head of a House oversight subcommittee is pressing two manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to explain why a phased-out chemical is continuing to be discharged from two facilities.

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Critics Attack EPA Reversal On Use Of Radioactive Byproduct For Roads

Environmentalists and radioactive-cleanup experts are criticizing EPA for reversing course on a decades-long policy that prohibits the use of a radioactive byproduct from fertilizer production as a component in federal road construction, with the critics saying the move is a “give away” to a powerful industry.

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Wheeler taps former Bush regulatory review chief to lead SAB

The new panelists and panel leaders from industry and other deregulatory backgrounds signals that the administrator plans to rely on the board to review his planned agenda should Trump win a second term.

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