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As Democrats struggle to reach agreement on an infrastructure package that includes billions of dollars in incentives for renewable energy, former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is warning they are failing to provide adequate solutions to the end-of-life disposal or recycling issues for the materials.

EPA is proposing a rule to define for the first time how facilities should identify their “parent” companies in Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports, saying the lack of any such definition has hurt its ability to effectively gather data on the companies behind chemical releases, and to track transfers between facilities with the same parent.

Volkswagen (VW) has settled separate lawsuits filed by New Hampshire and Montana over claims that the company installed illegal defeat devices in its diesel passenger vehicles to cheat emissions tests, even as it waits for the Supreme Court to decide whether it will hear the company’s claims that such suits are pre-empted by the Clean Air Act.

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Environmental and public-health groups are suing EPA to force it to finalize a 21-year-old proposal to list diisononyl phthalate (DINP) on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), arguing that the action would provide vital exposure data for the chemical and bolster the agency’s ongoing TSCA risk evaluation.

Biofuels industry groups and their congressional champions are asking the Biden administration to pull EPA “back from the brink,” amid unconfirmed reports that the agency will significantly cut annual biofuel blending targets under the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

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