Volkswagen Diesel Scandal Settlement Deadline and More in Week Ahead

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VW Pays Up

Tuesday marks the deadline for the Volkswagen AG emissions settlement between the automaker, class action plaintiffs and the federal government. VW could pay owners of affected cars up to $7,000 under a $10 billion settlement, Bloomberg News reported last week. Penalties are expected for violating U.S. clean air laws besides payments to the car owners. The environmental penalties take into account how much smog-forming gases the cars produced back to 2009 and how much they will create on the roads in the future. Bloomberg BNA reporter Patrick Ambrosio will follow the story for subscribers.

Solvent Dangerous to Public?

An EPA IRIS Public Science meeting Wednesday and Thursday will discuss the science behind solvent and fuel additive known as tert-butyl alcohol (CAS 75-65-0) that could potentially harm kidney function, according to an EPA draft analysis. Suggestive evidence from the report based on laboratory animal data shows the solvent may be cancer-causing. This is the first time the EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System program, the meeting’s host, has assessed tert-butyl alcohol. Pat Rizzuto will have the story.

EPA Makes Decision on Forest Roads

The EPA will announce whether stormwater discharges from forest roads should be regulated under the Clean Water Act permitting program Monday. The EPA is under a court-approved agreement with the Environmental Defense Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council to make a determination by June 27 on whether stormwater discharges should be regulated by a Section 402(p)(6) discharge permit under the Clean Water Act. Look to Amena H. Saiyid for updates.

Tackling the RTCR Rule

The EPA’s Office of Research and Development and Office of Water is hosting a webinar Tuesday on the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RIN:2040-AD94) for small systems to guide the best implementation practices. The RTCR rule was implemented in April to help identify the effectiveness of all public water systems against E. coli and waterborne sickness. This focus will be on small water way systems—ones that serve 1,000 people or less. Reporter Rachel Leven will have the scoop.

Senate Hearing with EPA’s Cynthia Giles

A Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee is set for a hearing at 2:30 p.m.  Wednesday with Cynthia Giles, EPA assistant administrator of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. The Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight Subcommittee hearing is called Oversight of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Enforcement and Compliance Programs.Amena H. Saiyid will have the latest from Capitol Hill.