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EPA, Environmentalists’ Attorneys Joust Over Chemical Regulation (1)

May 16, 2019, 10:58 PMUpdated: May 17, 2019, 12:44 AM

The question of whether the EPA is adequately overseeing chemicals to protect health and the environment was overshadowed in arguments before an appeals court May 16 by whether the case was ready to come before the three-judge panel.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Seattle heard a challenge by a coalition of organized labor and environmental groups who say the Environmental Protection Agency is “slicing and dicing” by considering only certain uses of a chemical, which could ignore crucial risks to health and the environment.

But within hours, the court had given the petitioners less than ...