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EPA Loses Bid to Argue Chemical Lawsuits in Fourth Circuit

Dec. 12, 2017, 3:05 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency lost its bid to have its preferred court hear lawsuits challenging two core chemical rules.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Dec. 11 it would transfer challenges of one regulation to the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. The Ninth Circuit already has said it would keep the challenges to the other regulation.

More than a dozen environmental, health, and labor groups are challenging the rules the EPA issued in June, saying the agency’s procedures could result in it underestimating the health and environmental risks chemicals pose.

The rules describe ...