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Despite Agency Pledges, Utilities Press EPA For Timeline On LCR Proposal

Municipal drinking water utilities are pressing EPA water chief David Ross on the agency's timeline for proposing revisions to the lead and copper rule (LCR), which agency officials have said is expected this summer, suggesting a cautiousness after the agency has repeatedly missed previous internal deadlines.

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Wheeler Faults States’ Criticism Of EPA’s PFAS Action Plan As ‘Inaccurate’

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is strongly rejecting state regulators’ criticism of the Trump administration’s action plan targeting per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), saying their recent letter criticizing the plan includes “inaccurate” statements, such as that the plan fails to address the contaminants broadly as a class.

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EPA Issues New Chemical SNURs, Opening Door To Landmark TSCA Suit

EPA has finalized significant new use rules (SNURs) on 13 new chemicals using an approach intended to speed up reviews but which environmentalists and others oppose, setting the stage for a likely first-time suit on how EPA addresses new chemicals and protects workers under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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NAS Backs Use Of Oil Dispersants But Seeks To Harmonize Test Methods

A National Academies of Sciences (NAS) panel is backing the use of chemical dispersants to address oil spills but is urging EPA and other agencies to harmonize their toxicity testing methods and take other steps to address them, advice that could help environmentalists who are pledging to sue to force the agency to update its rules on dispersants.

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OMB clears EPA’s TSCA CBI proposed rule

Industry officials expect environmentalists to challenge any final measure, given their ongoing concerns about the Trump administration’s handling of industry CBI claims under the revised law.

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Court Extends Limit On Obama-era Bid To Restrict Climate-Warming HFCs

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has overturned a second Obama-era rule requiring appliance and other manufacturers to replace climate-warming hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, agreeing with two of the chemical’s producers that it should extend its prior precedent limiting such policies.

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Wheeler Seeks To Harmonize EPA Risk Practices, Adding To IRIS Pressure

Administrator Andrew Wheeler is asking top EPA scientists to develop new guidance aimed at harmonizing risk assessment practices across the agency, an effort that sources say is likely to put further pressure on the agency's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program and its conservative approaches.

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Suspended Children's Health Office Chief Returns To EPA In New Role

EPA leaders have quietly brought the agency's former children's health chief back though in a new role, after abruptly removing her last fall, sparking a firestorm of criticism and messaging efforts to show the topic remains important at the Trump EPA.

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States Step Up Criticism Of EPA's PFAS Plan, Seek Binding Mandates

Groups representing state environment officials are publicly criticizing EPA's recently released multi-media action plan for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), citing weaknesses across many program areas and calling for the agency to go farther such as by setting binding standards for contaminants across multiple media.

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Texas chemical incidents intensify calls for EPA protections

Three chemical release incidents at Houston-area facilities in the last three weeks are intensifying calls for EPA and other federal agencies to bolster protections for fence-line communities.

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