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EPA’s lead official on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is urging Congress to provide unspecified additional authorities to allow the agency to “go faster” in addressing the ubiquitous chemicals, while also urging lawmakers to approve various funding measures that would bolster resources to address the substances.

Senate Democrats in a new bill are pressing EPA to list several per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as air toxics, a move that would presage first-time air regulation of the chemicals, after the agency’s just-released strategy to reduce PFAS committed only to gathering information as an initial step toward eventual regulation.

California air board officials are proposing rules -- already opposed by industry -- to require new small off-road engines (SORE) used in lawn, gardening and other outdoor equipment to have zero emissions beginning in 2024, only days after the enactment of a state law aimed at compelling the board to advance the rulemaking.

Ameren Missouri and EPA are each seeking rehearing of a key federal appeals court ruling that broadly upheld the agency’s new source review (NSR) enforcement power at one of the utility’s power plants, as Ameren seeks to overturn the ruling while EPA wants the court to drop its objection to related pollution curbs at a nearby facility.

Industry representatives are broadly warning the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) that its plan to make its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rules a “floor” for other agencies’ NEPA regulations will cause confusion, drive inter-agency conflicts and drag out review times, stymieing important infrastructure projects.

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