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Environmentalists Issue Legal Warning In Bid To Extend CCR Deadlines

Environmentalists are stepping up calls for EPA to extend comment deadlines for major deregulatory plans during the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing in the case of its coal ash rule that failing to act risks violating constitutional Due Process rights and statutory requirements.

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Oil Sector Seeks EPA Waivers During Pandemic, Alarming Environmentalists

The American Petroleum Institute (API) and other industry groups are pressing EPA and other agencies for a slew of regulatory exemptions to ease the impact of the ongoing economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, prompting alarm from environmentalists who warn the move is intended to serve as a pretext for further deregulation.

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In Latest EPA Loss, 1st Circuit Finds Science Advisor Policy Unlawful

A federal appellate court has found that EPA’s controversial policy barring agency grant recipients from serving as EPA science advisors is unlawful because it skewed representation on the panels toward state and industry representatives, the second court defeat for the controversial policy in the past few weeks.

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In Latest EPA Loss, 1st Circuit Remands UCS’ Science Advisor Policy Suit

A federal appellate court has found that EPA’s controversial policy barring agency grant recipients from serving as EPA science advisors is unlawful because it skewed representation on the panels toward state and industry representatives, the second court defeat for the controversial policy in the past few weeks.

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Environmentalists Seek ‘Immediate’ EPA Action On TCE Ahead Of Review

As science advisors prepare to review EPA’s draft evaluation of the common solvent trichloroethylene (TCE), environmentalists and former officials are urging the agency to take “immediate action” to address any “imminent and serious” acute risks while also calling for the draft to be strengthened so the substance can be banned going forward.

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EPA seeks new TSCA advisors

“Currently, there are 19 SACC members, all with membership terms that will expire over the next year,” EPA says.

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DOD Weighs New Policies To Manage Wider Swath Of PFAS Releases

The Defense Department (DOD) is weighing whether to develop policy that would manage cleanup and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) across a range of media, including contaminated soil, stormwater runoff, biosolids and sludge, a potentially significant widening of its current focus on contaminated drinking water.

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Senators Eye Attaching Short CFATS Extension To Third Coronavirus Bill

Senators are looking to a third coronavirus relief bill to attach a three-month extension of the Department of Homeland Security’s facility safety program that is set to expire April 18, aiming to buy more negotiating time on separate legislation that would reauthorize the program but potentially also make substantive changes to it.

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Environmentalists Sue EPA Over ‘Black Box’ New Chemicals Program

Environmental groups have made good on their threat to sue EPA over inadequate transparency in its new chemicals review program, charging it’s a “black box” that violates requirements in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as well as the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).

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DOD Eyes New Policies To Manage Wider Swath Of PFAS Releases

The Defense Department (DOD) is weighing whether to develop policy that would manage cleanup and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) across a range of media, including contaminated soil, stormwater runoff, biosolids and sludge, a potentially significant widening of its current focus on contaminated drinking water.

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