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CHICAGO -- EPA enforcement officials have begun what sources say is a wide-ranging Superfund investigation into scores of facilities’ past and current uses of, as well as their handling, disposal and other practices related to, more than a dozen per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as officials are poised to designate at least two such chemicals as “hazardous substances” under the law.

From Inside TSCA

Even as industry groups back EPA’s request for a massive TSCA budget hike in fiscal year 2023, the top Republican on the House committee overseeing the agency appears to doubt officials’ request and argued instead that the toxics office has become less efficient under the Biden administration and must adopt reforms.

Biofuels producers, airlines and others are urging changes to EPA’s proposed renewable fuel standard (RFS) rules to provide more flexibility to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) that is the cornerstone of a Biden administration strategy to reduce carbon emissions from aircraft, warning that without such action the strategy will falter.

From Climate Extra

Federal energy regulators appear poised to approve a trio of natural gas infrastructure projects later this week though it is not clear if they will respond to EPA calls to conduct more robust climate reviews of the projects, including analysis of upstream greenhouse gas emissions and use of the social cost of carbon to monetize climate-related damages.

The National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), which represents state air directors, is urging EPA to require even greater reductions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the heavy-duty truck fleet, submitting comments to the agency that show the group thinks “neither of the EPA’s proposed options are perfect,” NACAA Executive Director Miles Keogh tells Inside EPA.