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A federal judge has rejected EPA’s effort to block environmentalists’ suit challenging the agency’s refusal to craft asbestos reporting rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a potentially precedent-setting ruling that could further bolster plaintiffs’ efforts seeking to challenge EPA petition denials.

House science committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) has followed through on her long-running threat to subpoena EPA for allegedly withholding data on its decision to drop assessments of 10 chemicals, including formaldehyde, that were being conducted by its Influential Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program.

States, environmental groups and local air officials are pushing back against Trump administration claims that litigation over Trump’s preemption of state vehicle emission rules belongs in appellate court, highlighting the legal downsides to the government’s strategy of severing the preemption action from a plan to weaken federal standards.

As EPA unveils a framework for how it plans to bolster the struggling municipal recycling sector, waste industry officials are urging the agency and other federal entities to provide more leadership and additional policies to help advance the sector, which has struggled in the face of shuttered export markets and inadequate infrastructure.