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California air regulators appear likely to tighten a proposed landmark regulation requiring medium- and heavy-duty truck makers to sell zero-emission models beginning in 2024 by targeting certain sectors for earlier action, while also speeding adoption of a related rule requiring fleets to purchase a minimum number of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).

EPA and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) have agreed on a long-awaited contract for NAS to quickly review the controversial data quality assessment approach the agency is using in its ongoing risk evaluations of the first 10 chemicals under its nascent Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) program, with a final report slated in June 2020.

In an apparent shift, some state officials are pressing EPA to go beyond its current plans to craft toxicity values for several per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and instead develop non-binding health advisory levels in drinking water, arguing the toxicity values are of little use to state drinking water and cleanup programs.

A group that advises the Energy Department (DOE) on petroleum policy, including companies across all facets of the oil sector, is for the first time calling for an eventual carbon price and a suite of other federal policies to deploy carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) technologies “at scale."

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