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United States: President Biden’s Environmental Agenda Comes into Focus

President Biden was officially sworn in on January 20th and has taken swift action to reverse or pause many of the policies of the Trump Administration and set a new course. Since our update in November, President Biden also finalized his choices for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and leaders of other key agencies, including the Department of Interior (DOI) and the Department of Energy (DOE), who, if confirmed, will set the tone for future actions that broadly address environmental and...

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Transportation Secretary Buttigieg Shares Views on Federal Trucking Policy

During his debut as the country’s top transportation officer on Feb. 5 at Washington’s Union Station, Secretary Pete Buttigieg insisted that massive investments are needed to repair infrastructure projects. Buttigieg, and President Joe Biden, say they intend to build highways, bridges, tunnels, ports and railways in a better way. And by that, they mostly mean for freight and commuter corridors to be able to withstand the impact of severe-weather events. Read more

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Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, January 2021


EPA Seeks Comments On Draft Compliance Guide Addressing Surface Coatings Under PFAS SNUR: On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of a draft compliance guide that outlines which imported articles are covered by EPA’s July 2020 final significant new use rule (SNUR) that prohibits companies from manufacturing, importing, processing, or using certain long-chain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) without prior EPA review and approval. 85 Fed. Reg. 81466. The draft...

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