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Trump Regulatory Reform Agenda By the Numbers: End of One-In, Two-Out?

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 15:24

The Trump administration has released the Fall 2019 edition of the twice-yearly Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.Around since the early 80s, the blockbuster Unified Agenda updates an excited world about regulatory priorities of the federal bureaucracy.Actually it bores people, but Trump’s regulatory cuts and liberalization agenda have distinguished versions of the beefy report up to this point, with the 

EPA Should Take Additional Actions to Manage Risks from Climate Change

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 15:23

Climate change may increase the frequency and intensity of certain natural disasters, which could damage Superfund sites—the nation’s most contaminated hazardous waste sites.Federal data suggests about 60 percent of Superfund sites overseen by EPA are in areas that may be impacted by wildfires and different types of flooding—natural hazards that may be exacerbated by climate change.We found that EPA has taken some actions to manage risks at these sites.

House committee advances bill to ban asbestos

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 15:18

The House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would restrict the use of asbestos.The bill bans the production, use and importation of asbestos, implementing a complete ban on the substance within a year of the bill’s passage.The asbestos legislation follows a recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that critics say could reintroduce asbestos use.

Supreme Court hears case with crucial impact on water pollution regulation

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 17:20

The Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday for a case with major consequences for how water pollution is regulated in the United States.Enacted in 1972, the Clean Water Act made it “unlawful to discharge any pollutant from a point source into navigable waters, unless a permit was obtained.” The Supreme Court will determine in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund whether Maui’s wastewater treatment facility violated the CWA by polluting the Pacific Ocean indirectly through groundwater.

National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Revisions

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 17:16

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes regulatory revisions to the National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for lead and copper under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This proposed rule provides more effective protection of public health by reducing exposure to lead and copper in drinking water.

EPA Updates from Bergeson & Campbell

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 21:57

TSCA/FIFRA/TRIEPA Will Provide Minimum 30-Day Public Comment Period On Draft Risk Evaluations: Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) stated on October 11, 2019, that EPA will provide more time for public comment on its draft risk evaluations before the TSCA Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) meets to peer review the draft documents.

IHMM Receives Reaccreditation from ANSI

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 21:32

IHMM is pleased to announce that it has received reaccreditation for its CHMM, CHMP, and CDGP professional credentials. Accreditation from the American National Standards Institute [ANSI] is the highest level of accreditation excellence achievable for professional credentials.The ANSI accreditation mark is a symbol of excellence, recognized worldwide by employers, industry leaders, hiring managers, and credential holders.

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