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Vermont, environmentalists urge court to remand mercury inventory rule

NRDC says EPA's rule, which “unlawfully carves out two major exceptions to Congress’s reporting requirement, will subvert EPA’s ability to prepare a complete and accurate 'inventory' as Congress required.”

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Revised EPA Agenda Sees Deadlines Slip For Major Obama Rule Rollbacks

EPA in its just-updated Unified Agenda of pending regulations is acknowledging that its deadlines have slipped considerably for many high-profile rollbacks of Obama-era rules, including climate standards for power plants and vehicles, as well as the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction standard.

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Senators Tout Bipartisanship On PFAS But Barrasso Seeks To Narrow Bills

Environment committee senators are pledging to take a bipartisan approach that includes environmentalists and industry as they seek to address polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) is indicating that while the bills under review enjoy bipartisan support, they will have to be narrowed to win his approval.

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NAS Backs Subclass Review For Flame Retardants, Highlighting PFAS Method

A recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report proposing a clustering approach of grouping flame retardant chemicals into subclasses for risk assessment is highlighting the emerging consensus that EPA and others are considering for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), another large group of ubiquitous chemicals that are also subject to high-profile public scrutiny.

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Funds are running out at EPA-NIEHS children's centers

Funding for a center in San Francisco will run out by the end of this month. “Then we’re done,” the center's director says.

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House Ramps Up Scrutiny Of Controversial EPA Science Data, PM Measures

House appropriators are ramping up their scrutiny of some of the Trump EPA's controversial science decisions, all but barring the agency from advancing its data transparency rule until after consulting with its own science advisors and then requiring the agency to seek National Academy of Sciences (NAS) review of any final data rule.

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State Regulators Float Plan To Bolster Oversight Of Water Contaminants

State regulators are outlining ways for state and federal agencies to better manage contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in all aspects of the water cycle, spurred in part by concerns over the time it takes to develop drinking water standards and the lack of coordination among state and federal entities, as evidenced in a patchwork of standards for perfluorinated compounds.

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EPA warns companies not to submit CBI on new chemical notices

“Submitters are solely responsible for properly redacting or CBI-sanitizing these notices, as appropriate, in accordance with EPA regulations,” EPA's notice says.

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SAB Seeks To Expand Transparency Rule Review Beyond Wheeler's Call

A work group of EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) is asking the agency a series of questions about its controversial science transparency rule, a move that appears aimed at broadening advisors' review of the measure beyond what Administrator Andrew Wheeler proposed last month.

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EPA Eyes Supplemental Plan As It Seeks To Speed Science Data Rule

EPA is considering issuing a supplemental plan for its controversial science transparency rule, a measure that is part of Administrator Andrew Wheeler's stepped up effort to complete the rule within a year -- though the effort faces widespread criticism, little regulatory justification and a massive number of of public comments to address, sources say.

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