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Michael Dourson, the Trump administration's stalled nominee to lead EPA's toxics office, is expected to soon ask President Trump to withdraw his nomination, an informed source tells Inside EPA.

Nine Democratic state attorneys general (AGs) say they intend to oppose a Clean Air Act settlement between the Justice Department (DOJ) and Harley-Davidson over concerns that the Trump administration dropped a $3 million air pollution mitigation project from an earlier version of the pact, posing a challenge to the department's settlement policy barring such third-party payments.

Environmentalists are urging EPA to “suspend” implementation of its proposed framework for reviewing “new” chemicals, at least until it has considered comments it receives in a still-open docket, charging that several approaches the agency is already implementing violate both the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).

Environmentalists are vowing to fight any EPA effort to retroactively apply its controversial new source review (NSR) applicability test to ongoing enforcement actions, including the pending case against Michigan utility DTE Energy whose stance Administrator Scott Pruitt has now adopted despite judicial support for the agency's prior policy.