A federal district court's dismissal of litigation seeking to force EPA to promulgate water quality criteria for Washington state strengthens EPA's rationale in a proposed rule to limit the types of agency communication that qualify as a formal "determination" that a state's existing water quality rules do not meet Clean Water Act (CWA) standards -- finding the agency's authority to preemptively promulgate criteria is discretionary and rests solely with the administrator.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will join President Obama and other administration officials in New York City for the United Nations' (UN) climate summit this week, where they are likely to tout Obama's various climate policies that include EPA's greenhouse gas (GHG) rules for utilities. Meanwhile, a federal appeals court will hear arguments in a suit over an EPA air rule for combustion engines.
Georgia regulators are formally asking EPA to ease the state's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets by exempting electricity generation from the state's under-construction nuclear units from the agency's calculations, a move that would set a precedent for two other states -- Tennessee and South Carolina -- with nuclear units under development.
EPA is dropping its closely watched appeal of a decision that barred the agency from requiring Clean Water Act (CWA) permits for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that produce airborne pollutants like feathers and dander, leaving environmentalist intervenors to fight the case and try and get a ruling on the merits.
EPA Urges Federal Court To Return Farm Dust Permit Suit To State Court
EPA and the Department of Defense (DOD) are seeking the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) input on the use of new toxicity testing approaches, with the goal of advising EPA on how to best use the data produced from the methods and guiding DOD on how to use EPA's newer toxics screening methods to protect its personnel.
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