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EPA Facing Calls To Extend Consent Decree, Rule Deadlines Due To Virus

EPA is facing a growing number of requests to a extend a series of rulemaking and consent decree deadlines due to the ongoing effect of the coronavirus pandemic that is halting activity across the country, highlighting the potential for delays to a host of deregulatory actions even as industry eyes waiving certain environmental requirements.

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Environmentalists, states seek stay in RMP rollback rule appeal

Opponents of the agency’s Risk Management Plan rule rollback want litigation over the effort put on hold for six months while EPA weighs administrative petitions challenging the deregulatory policy.

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EPA Poised To Unveil TSCA 2020 CDR But ‘Small’ Business Definition Lags

EPA is poised to unveil revisions to its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Data Reporting Rule (CDR) governing chemical use and other data industry must submit beginning in June but a related measure defining “small manufacturers” who qualify for eased reporting requirements was only recently sent for White House review.

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House approves 18-month CFATS extension

The House’s unanimous consent approval of the bill shifts focus to the Senate, where some members favor letting the facility safety program expiring and replacing it with a voluntary effort.

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EPA Authorizes Voluntary Telework For Most Agency Staff Until April 4

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is authorizing voluntary telework for all agency employees across the nation for the next four weeks, “consistent with operational needs of departments and agencies,” in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a move agency staff are greeting as welcome and overdue.

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Despite EPA, Industry Support, DOJ Eliminates ‘Problematic’ SEPs

Despite strong public support from EPA and industry groups, the Justice Department (DOJ) is eliminating all uses of popular supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) that have long been a popular way to offset civil penalties in enforcement settlements and allowed settling parties to win community good will.

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Senate Democrats Seek $20 Billion EPA Grant Program For PFAS Cleanups

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other Democrats are seeking to create a new $20 billion EPA grant program for states to clean up drinking water and groundwater contaminated by certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a new emphasis in their ongoing efforts to address the issue in the absence of EPA rules.

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Federal Agencies Scramble To Protect Workforce From Coronavirus Threat

Federal agencies are scrambling to protect the U.S. workforce from the coronavirus threat, with EPA announcing that its staff should be prepared to soon start teleworking to reduce exposure risks and OSHA detailing a range of voluntary steps companies can take to reduce employees’ risks depending on their potential exposure.

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House panel approves short-term CFATS extension

Democrats and Republicans voted to extend the federal chemical facility security program for another 18 months.

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DOD Says PFAS Cleanup Will Likely Top $3 Billion But Braces For More

The Defense Department (DOD) is estimating that its costs for cleaning up the two most studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) will be approximately $3 billion, an estimate that is 50 percent higher than its previous rough estimate, but the department expects that number to grow as it further investigates contamination.

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