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CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS. The Synthetic Turf Council has hired Clark Hill, a law and lobby firm, to hold “meetings with Senate and House Committee members to discuss potential Congressional action relating to crumb rubber infill in synthetic turf products,” according to disclosure forms. There have been no official scientific findings that the turf — made from recycled tires — found in some playgrounds and playing fields pose any health risks, but Congress has been raising questions about cancer following media reports. The Environmental Protection Agency wrote to lawmakers last month and said that, while limited studies show no risk to health, the agency is “working to better understand potential exposures.” The Synthetic Turf Council cites more than 60 studies and reports that review the health effects related to inhaling, ingesting and touching the artificial turf, none of which show a like to cancer.

FINANCIAL SERVICES. Regulatory advocacy firm O’Rourke & Nappi signed six new clients, including H&R Block, International Game Technology and L Brands, a group of retailers that includes Bath and Body Works and Victoria’s Secret. Disclosure forms say the firm will be working on various corporate taxation issues for the clients: five companies and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association. The trade group has been fighting for a repeal of a tax on its products and recently won a delay on being subjected to those taxes.

Former Sens. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and John Breaux (D-La.) are working on a new Squire Patton Boggs client, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. Forms filed to the Senate indicate that they and other lobbyists at the firm had been working on tax extender legislation and a specific part of the tax code that deals with charitable giving.

EDUCATION. The National Education Association has hired Swan Creek Strategies to work on several issues, including child nutrition, “juvenile justice” and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Higher Education Act. The lobbyist on the account, Brian Woolfolk, previously served as an aide on the House Judiciary Committee and to Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottTop House, Senate Dems warn administration on short-term insurance Trump appointee at center of fight over religious freedom GAO report: Schools punish black students more severely MORE (D-Va.).