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EPA sends final PFAS SNUR to White House for approval

The final rule will indicate whether the agency has adopted a potentially precedent-setting -- and controversial -- plan creating a safe harbor from notification and review.

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Industries Fight CARB Plan To Greatly Expand Air Toxics Reporting List

Numerous industry sectors are fighting a proposal by California air board officials to expand by more than 700 a list of substances for which companies must quantify or report air toxics emissions, charging that many chemicals pose no health threats and dozens of others are already subject to EPA reporting requirements.

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EPA seeks second SAB consultation on risk guide updates

An agency source says it is unclear what advisors will review.

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District Court Says Water Law Requires EPA To Update Oil Spill Rules

A federal court in California has agreed with environmentalists that EPA has a nondiscretionary duty under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to update its rules governing oil spills in order to better regulate dispersants, relying in part on a landmark appellate decision that found EPA had unduly delayed updating its lead paint dust hazard standards.

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EPA declines response to TSCA suit

EPA says allegations in the complaint “consist of vague and ambiguous characterizations and expressions of opinion, and EPA lacks sufficient information to admit or deny them.”

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SACC Seeks Better Explanation Of EPA’s Risk Basis For TCE Analysis

EPA science advisors are unable to agree on whether the agency appropriately chose to base its analysis of the risks of the common solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) on the chemical’s adverse immune system effects rather than its historical -- and more conservative -- focus on fetal heart defects.

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EPA Seeks Quick Review Of Methane Rule Rollback In Bid To Derail Suit

EPA is seeking expedited White House review of its just-submitted draft final rule to rescind the Obama administration’s landmark direct methane controls on new and modified oil and gas facilities, a measure that once approved would have the effect of scuttling the legal predicate for existing source methane limits.

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ACC Urges EPA To Tailor Science Rule Adoption, Fearing TSCA Effects

The chemical industry is generally backing EPA's controversial proposed rule limiting the use of science in regulatory and policy decisions but is calling for guidance from the agency’s toxics office, fearing that the rule’s implementation could delay agency decisions such as new chemical approvals under the revised toxics law

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EPA Eyes Setting Uniform Blood-Lead Target For Waste Cleanup Sites

EPA’s waste office is considering adopting a uniform blood-lead level goal for screening contaminated waste sites to determine if additional risk characterization is needed, a move that would ensure regional consistency but would result in stricter cleanup goals and potentially reduce lead-exposure risks in some regions with large lead-contaminated sites.

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CEQ sends final NEPA update for OMB review

Critics and others have warned that the proposed changes are unlawful and will only delay projects further due to increased litigation.

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