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EPA’s waste office is considering adopting a uniform blood-lead level goal for screening contaminated waste sites to determine if additional risk characterization is needed, a move that would ensure regional consistency but would result in stricter cleanup goals and potentially reduce lead-exposure risks in some regions with large lead-contaminated sites.

EPA science advisors are unable to agree on whether the agency appropriately chose to base its analysis of the risks of the common solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) on the chemical’s adverse immune system effects rather than its historical -- and more conservative -- focus on fetal heart defects.

EPA is seeking expedited White House review of its just-submitted draft final rule to rescind the Obama administration’s landmark direct methane controls on new and modified oil and gas facilities, a measure that once approved would have the effect of scuttling the legal predicate for existing source methane limits.

The chemical industry is generally backing EPA's controversial proposed rule limiting the use of science in regulatory and policy decisions but is calling for guidance from the agency’s toxics office, fearing that the rule’s implementation could delay agency decisions such as new chemical approvals under the revised toxics law