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A federal district court judge has strongly rejected the Trump administration's final rule delaying by one-year implementation of an Obama-era measure setting emissions standards for formaldehyde from wood products, finding that the delay exceeds EPA's authority under a 2010 law directing the agency to craft and expeditiously implement the standards.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is touting his efforts to corral federal agencies' support for prioritizing steps to reduce childhood lead exposures, despite pushing a fiscal year 2019 budget request to significantly reduce EPA work on lead and while the agency faces pressure to comply with a court order to update a lead dust hazard standard.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has largely ruled against the Obama EPA's policy for revoking outdated federal ozone standards, requiring changes to the agency's approach for removing old standards and setting new requirements for how the agency will implement the 2015 ozone limit.

Senate Democrats are expanding their probe of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's overhaul of the agency's advisory panels policies that critics say boosts industry influence on the committees, asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to weigh new information about whether some panel are consistent with legal requirements.