EPA Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) judges, in a case testing the reach of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reporting rules, are signaling support for EPA arguments that companies must submit information that backs already known risks, and that violations may continue until the information is submitted, allowing penalties to accrue.
Major refiners and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) are urging EPA to scrap its proposed stricter refinery emissions rules and pursue new analyses of the regulations' potential adverse harms for the sector, outlining what they say are a host of legal, practical and economic flaws with the proposal that could serve as grounds for future litigation.
EPA headquarters appears to have rejected calls from agency Region 10 officials, environmentalists and others to consider ending a years-old exemption from the oil and gas sector's Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent standards for the Cook Inlet watershed in Alaska, although the agency is leaving the door open for future action, saying in its recent effluent plan that it will continue to study the issue.
Environmental groups are urging a federal advisory panel to recommend that EPA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) improve the information in a new draft guide aimed at explaining what fish pregnant women and children should eat and which they should avoid, raising concerns especially about the mercury risks light tuna presents.
Environmentalists are pushing states and EPA to set stricter stormwater permitting requirements after the agency dropped plans for a stormwater retention rule for the construction sector.
An organization of state regulators has released long-delayed guidance for addressing vapor intrusion risk at petroleum-contaminated sites, a guide sources say largely reflects the approach EPA is expected to take in its guidance on assessing vapor risks at petroleum-contaminated sites, recently sent to the White House for review.
EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) is meeting this week to discuss a host of agency air and climate programs, including EPA's efforts to curb air toxics emissions and the proposed rules to cut power plants' greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Meanwhile, the agency's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) will hear arguments in a landmark case testing when violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are subject to a statute of limitations.
EPA's second ever approval of a carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project under new Safe Drinking Water (SDWA) permit rules is prompting an Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) suit over claims the permit review failed to fully consider adverse air and endangered species impacts, weeks after landowners filed suit over the first ever permits.
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