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Trump Suspends Environmental Rules For Infrastructure, Citing Pandemic

Stepping up his deregulatory push amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump has directed EPA and other agencies to exempt infrastructure projects from legally required reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA) and other laws so they can be fast-tracked and help spur the economy.

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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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Industry Backs IRS Plan Allowing Penalty Deductions But Fears State Limits

Industry attorneys are largely welcoming a long-awaited IRS plan allowing companies to deduct from their federal taxes fines and penalties paid to the government under consent decrees, such as those resolving environmental, health and safety enforcement actions.

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EPA sends final perchlorate rule to OMB for review

The agency has already signaled that the final rule will conclude that EPA will not regulate the presences of the rocket fuel ingredient in drinking water.

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Vanderbilt researchers find greater thyroid impacts from perchlorate

“Now that we understand exactly what perchlorate does, we can clearly see that contamination of drinking water with this chemical is more worrisome than previously thought,” researcher Nancy Carrasco says.

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States file ‘protective’ challenge to EPA’s COVID enforcement policy

States are anticipating that EPA will seek to dismiss their district court suit and argue that it belongs in the D.C. Circuit.

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House members bolster push for NDAA PFAS measures

In a May 26 letter, 116 House members urge the House Armed Services Committee to include comprehensive per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) provisions in the annual defense authorization bill.

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Amid Pandemic, EPA Eases Waste Manifest Signature Requirements

EPA has relaxed hazardous waste manifest signature requirements on paper forms to aid waste handlers in maintaining social distancing measures during the COVID-19 public health emergency, a move that could aid EPA efforts to boost the number of generators and transporters moving to the electronic manifest (e-Manifest) system.

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