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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit is ordering new proceedings in a suit testing when compliance with a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit can “shield” dischargers from separate Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) mandates, an order that will give environmentalists a fresh chance to argue for narrowing the shield.

EPA has concluded that about one-third of the first 52 chemicals screened in tier 1 of its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) “showed potential interaction” with at least one of the three screened hormone pathways, triggering more detailed animal-based testing even as the agency is turning the program towards newer computational toxicity approaches that may better target potential disruptors.

A coalition of 13 states is claiming that EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers' joint Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule violated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review requirements, adding to the legal attacks on the rule in an increasing number of suits over the regulation filed by more than half the 50 U.S. states.

Nine states have filed suit in federal district court over EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule claiming it violates the water law, the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the Constitution -- among the first of what are expected to be multiple challenges to the rule filed in various venues and citing differing legal claims.

At least 14 states have filed three separate lawsuits in federal district courts over EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule claiming it violates the water law, the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the Constitution --- among the first of what are expected to be multiple challenges to the rule filed in various venues and citing differing legal claims.

Mining industry officials say EPA's final Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule could increase permit burdens and exacerbate delays in the permitting process highlighted in a new study sponsored by the sector, while they push for Congress to approve legislation that aims to accelerate mines' ability to obtain permits.