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A federal district court is weighing a host of new briefs in New Mexico's suit against EPA, mining companies and a federal contractor over the massive 2015 wastewater spill at Colorado's Gold King Mine -- with New Mexico asking for a delay so it can file still more claims targeting EPA, while private defendants are seeking a quick end to the case.

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), representing many state environmental agencies, is planning to debate implementation of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as well as new strategies to address drinking water contaminants as two of the most significant issues during its upcoming fall meeting next week.

A House GOP lawmaker is raising concerns over how EPA's landmark multi-state Clean Water Act (CWA) cleanup plan for the Chesapeake Bay will affect the relationships between farmers and state agriculture departments, saying it could adversely impact existing voluntary measures that should be sufficient to reduce pollution.

East Coast states and Midwestern power plant operators are divided over the merits of EPA's “update” for its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program, with the states suggesting the rule falls short of the scope and emissions caps necessary while utilities are criticizing the agency's data and calling the rule unnecessary.

Midwestern electric utilities opposed to EPA interstate emissions trading programs for power plants say that the agency's recent “update” to the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) cap-and-trade program is unlawful and based on flawed modeling that includes modeling of ozone levels “over water” leading to inaccurate air data.

Representatives of a company that owns a Louisiana plant at the center of an ongoing investigation into a modeled high potential cancer risk from emissions of chloroprene are urging EPA to update its 2010 assessment of the human health risks of chloroprene, which identified the chemical as a likely carcinogen.

EPA is touting a model for supporting municipalities' water infrastructure loans under the novel Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) that it says would allow for leveraging $20 million of federal funding into $1 billion in loans -- a much higher target than the figure quoted by Senate Democrats who back the program.