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CHICAGO -- Top EPA waste official Carlton Waterhouse is touting the benefits of the agency’s pending plan to designate two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law, saying he hopes it will provide the agency with improved data, encourage better waste management and voluntary cleanups and allow regulators to bring cost recovery actions.

From Climate Extra

EPA is taking one of its first public steps toward developing a new round of light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas and other emissions standards that would begin in model year 2027, with the agency seeking participation by small businesses for a panel to review the potential implications of the upcoming rulemaking on small entities.

EPA is proposing a clarification to its air rules governing electric arc furnaces (EAF) used for recycling scrap steel, in a move that will enhance compliance and cut tons of harmful particle emissions, resulting in improved public health, the agency says, as it also presses new limits on nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the sector in a separate rulemaking.

From Climate Extra

Some major auto manufacturers are supporting a multi-state draft action plan to spur zero emission medium- and heavy-duty trucks, including a call to adopt California’s Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) rule, while other automakers are backing some aspects of the effort while opposing further state-level sales mandates.

A broad industry coalition and at least two states are voicing strong opposition to EPA’s “inappropriate” proposed timeline for approving or disapproving the air quality plans of dozens of states with regard to startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM) waivers, saying that the timetable assumes EPA will prevail in underlying appellate litigation.