Some industry attorneys are calling for EPA to allow states to take a leading role in reviewing facilities' self-reported violations of environmental laws rather than employing the agency's own self-audit policy, saying the federal program is outdated and has limited resources that have led to delays responding to submissions.
Environmentalists are suing EPA over its approval of Washington, D.C.'s Clean Water Act (CWA) cleanup plans for E. coli in the Anacostia and Potomac rivers, urging a federal district court to scrap the plan's monitoring mandates for being too weak to detect bacteria levels -- despite precedent on courts deferring to EPA on such mandates.
A federal appeals court is set to weigh how broadly the Clean Water Act (CWA) applies to wetlands that are “adjacent” to protected waters, in a case that could set a precedent on how much power the law gives EPA and other agencies over marginal wetlands -- the latest dispute over the CWA's scope to face a legal challenge.
The revised federal toxics law's preemption of state programs could be tested by California's proposal to regulate two flame retardant chemicals under its green chemistry program.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), ranking member on the environment committee, is urging EPA to use new authority in the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to start the process of developing a ban on asbestos, saying that some lawmakers who backed TSCA reform did so with the expectation it would help EPA issue the prohibition.
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.
Three Pennsylvania Congressmen are urging the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) to study the long-term health effects of two perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) that have contaminated drinking water in their districts, and to explain the agency's rejection of calls for the Navy to fund blood tests of affected residents.
EPA is holding its annual drinking water workshop this week, including a focus on revisions to the rules for controlling lead contamination. Meanwhile, the agency is seeking input on an update to its guidance on implementing public participation in federal waste permitting decisions.
The Sierra Club is suggesting it may challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) recent denial of its request to conduct a broad review of the greenhouse gas impacts from a suite of pending natural gas pipelines in the Mid-Atlantic region, alleging the decision is at odds with just-issued White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) guidance recommending such reviews.
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