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EPA is urging a federal district court to reject the coal sector's suit seeking to force the agency to conduct what industry says is a Clean Air Act-mandated sweeping review of the employment impacts of its air rules, with EPA arguing that it often conducts such studies for policies including its proposed utility climate rules.

Energy sector "best management practices" (BMPs) -- agreed-upon standards for conducting hydraulic fracturing -- are spurring debate among observers over whether the BMPs, when coupled with compliance incentives, should serve as models for states in developing fracking rules given the federal government's limited regulatory power.

Industry officials argue EPA's recent response to advocates' petition seeking to bolster regulation of nanoscale silver leaves agency oversight of the substance unchanged despite EPA granting aspects of the petition, though advocates say the federal response bolsters claims against unregistered products and may have spurred enforcement.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is acknowledging that the agency has "limited" tools to credit cities' innovative efforts to reduce sewer overflows and other stormwater problems, responding to frustration from municipal officials that EPA is not fully embracing the efforts in permits and consent decrees despite promoting their use.

A healthy housing group is arguing a proposed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform bill would undermine a forthcoming EPA air rule setting nationwide standards for formaldehyde emissions from wood products by weakening a provision that backs rules enacted under existing law and that requires importers to comply with those rules.

Senators opposed to EPA's pending final Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule are planning to introduce in the coming days legislation that will add “specificity” to related House legislation that would force the agency to re-propose the rule, setting guidelines to ensure against EPA simply reissuing the same rule it already floated.