Chemical sector officials are raising early concerns on EPA's plan to implement regulatory revisions for addressing new chemicals in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform law in situations where a new substance has already been submitted for review under the old TSCA, though some in industry say the new law provides long-term certainty.
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Small refiners are suing EPA over the agency's refusal to grant them their waivers from compliance with the renewable fuel standard (RFS), challenging EPA's conclusion that the companies lacked the "disproportionate economic hardship" necessary to exempt them from the RFS' fuel blending mandates for their refineries.
EPA is readying a slew of proposed and final major Clean Air Act rules for release during the rest of 2016 that will include an overhaul of the agency' s regional haze emissions program; guidance on implementing its particulate matter (PM) and ozone ambient air standards; new regulations on interstate air pollution; and other regulations.
Opening a possible new chapter in implementation, automakers are seeking a direct final rule to better align fuel efficiency rules for light duty vehicles and EPA's greenhouse gas program.
EPA and pesticide industry intervenors are urging a federal court to end a lawsuit seeking to suspend agency registration of products containing two controversial neonicotinoid pesticides, arguing that advocates have failed to establish standing for some claims, and that the agency's decision not to cancel the products was backed by evidence.
The latest breaking news stories on the landmark Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform deal and how EPA will implement it, as well as hot documents, reaction to the pact, section-by-section analysis, and more.
Pennsylvania officials are appealing to the military to pay for blood and other testing of residents living near bases with known perfluorinated chemical (PFC) contamination, becoming what may be the first state to signal it is hard-pressed for resources to pay for such testing in response to EPA's recently released drinking water health advisories for two PFCs.
EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) is meeting this week to consider air toxics recommendations to the agency as well as many other air issues. Meanwhile, the Senate environment panel's oversight subcommittee plans to review EPA's enforcement program.
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the ranking Democrat on the Senate energy committee, is citing a new study on the economic benefits of energy efficiency to urge House Republicans to accept more stringent efficiency measures in the Senate version of an energy bill as the two chambers prepare to conference to resolve differences between their two bills.
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