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Wheeler ‘surprised’ by opposition to EPA science rule

The EPA head suggests in a recent interview that critics of the rule are opposed to transparency and are “vested in the current regulatory structure of our federal government.”

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Michigan reaches $69.5 million proposed PFAS settlement with Wolverine

The state has the most sites in the country contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and recently filed suit against a host of manufacturers of the substances.

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Critics Of EPA Coal Ash Rule Deadline Outline Claims For Future Lawsuits

Environmentalists and Democratic state attorneys general (AGs) are detailing plans to sue EPA over its proposed delay of compliance deadlines for its 2015 coal ash disposal rule -- the latest in a series of revisions to the policy -- by arguing in written comments that the plan is unlawful because it “all but ignores” an adverse court ruling.

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UCS urges next president to ‘defend science’

The Union of Concerned Scientists in a new report says failing to take swift action to make science a centerpiece of regulatory actions will increase pollution and endanger public health.

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EPA fights chemical company’s challenge of Superfund listing

The agency is citing alleged flaws in the chemical company’s legal argument and contending EPA followed legal requirements ‘by the book’ for the listing.

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Environmentalists Claim EPA Lead Dust Rule Violates TSCA, Court Order

Environmentalists and their supporters are claiming EPA’s final lead dust hazard rule violates the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), administrative law, and a court order because even though the policy strengthens hazard identification standards, it remains unlawfully weak and leaves other lead paint standards unchanged.

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IRIS Plan Highlights State, Industry Split Over Assessing PFAS In Groups

Plans by EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program to assess the risks of five per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is highlighting long-standing divisions between state and industry groups over whether the agency should group the substances when assessing and possibly regulating them.

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OECD Consensus Elusive As U.S. Challenges Plastic Waste Trade Limits

The Trump administration, led by EPA, appears unlikely to convince the Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD), which represents the world’s 36 richest countries, to accept limits on its pending policy regulating trade in plastic recyclables, creating uncertainty for domestic recyclers as they face a patchwork of rules within the OECD bloc.

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OMB completes review of chemical sector’s CERCLA financial rule

The rule is expected to propose not requiring any financial assurance rules for the chemical manufacturing sector, echoing earlier decisions against issuing similar mandates for other sectors.

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Sanders enters PFAS debate as primary voting draws near

The Democratic presidential candidate introduced the bill ahead of primary contests in New Hampshire and Michigan, two states with significant contamination concerns.

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