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Carbon control and sequestration (CCS) operators and EPA are waging competing legal claims over whether carbon dioxide (CO2) in CCS wells is deemed an “abandoned” waste subject to Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) regulation, with industry saying the CO2 is instead a “saved” material that may be sold for later use.

Carbon control and sequestration (CCS) operators and EPA are waging competing legal claims over whether carbon dioxide (CO2) in CCS wells is deemed an “abandoned” waste subject to Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) regulation, with industry saying the CO2 is instead a “saved” material that may be sold for later use.

“Clean” utilities that generate much of their power from lower-emitting natural gas or other alternatives to coal are attacking coal utilities' push to use the Supreme Court's ruling upholding EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) as a basis for reopening challenges to various provisions of the rule, saying the effort misreads the ruling.

EPA in a new policy memo is placing the onus on states to meet their Clean Air Act “good neighbor” obligations to curb interstate transport of ozone-forming air pollution that the agency will then review, a break from EPA's earlier decision to impose federal transport plans on states through its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR).

Industry and environmentalists are sparring with competing claims on the legality of EPA's package of combustion emission rules including its boiler air toxics standards, with industry renewing a push to soften the regulations while environmentalists say the policies are too weak and fall short of stricter limits the Clean Air Act requires.

EPA has reached a proposed settlement with an energy drilling company over alleged Clean Water Act (CWA) section 404 permit violations that an environmentalist says imposes "aggressive" enforcement of the law, which sources agree suggests the agency is ramping up stricter enforcement of 404 water permit requirements.