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In an unexpected blow to the Obama administration's climate agenda, a divided Supreme Court late Feb. 9 halted implementation of EPA's existing power plant greenhouse gas rule until court challenges are resolved, a significant victory for the rule's opponents, who charge that the move signals that the high court will ultimately overturn the rule.

EPA's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has rejected EPA's position that injection of hydrocarbon materials such as chemical by-products into iron blast furnaces subjects them to Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) “waste” regulations, setting a potential precedent for future RCRA enforcement against such injections.

EPA has finalized its cleanup plan for the communities of Libby and Troy, MT, near the former vermiculite mine that became a Superfund site due to toxic asbestos, concluding that no changes to the ongoing cleanup are needed.

President Obama's proposal to boost EPA's budget by roughly $130 million to $8.27 billion in fiscal year 2017 by offsetting spending increases with a $411 million cut to the agency's clean water state revolving fund (SRF) is prompting push-back from a top Republican senator who says the fund is vital to address water disasters like those in Flint, MI.

State agriculture departments are threatening to terminate programs for certifying pesticide applicators if EPA does not significantly revise its proposed rule increasing training required for certification, with states and industry arguing many changes are costly and unnecessary, though advocates are backing the rule and seeking stronger requirements.

The United States and other members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have reached a landmark agreement on first-time global standards regulating greenhouse gas emissions from new and in-production aircraft, though advocates say the standards fall short of achieving necessary emissions reductions from the sector.