Monday, April 21, 2014
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Vermont Urges EPA To Soften Climate Impact Finding For Novel TMDL

Vermont regulators say EPA has overstated the impacts of climate change on phosphorous loads in Lake Champlain, opening the door to a potentially precedential debate over how stringently the agency assesses water quality impairments due to climate change and calculates some regulatory limits to address potential concerns.

The Week Ahead

EPA Poised To Issue Cooling Water Rule; Supreme Court Weighs Petition In MTBE Case

EPA is poised to complete its long-awaited rule governing cooling water intake structures at power plants and other industrial facilities. The Supreme Court later this week will meet to decide whether to hear ExxonMobil's case arguing that the Clean Air Act should preempt a landmark methyl tertiary butyl ether water contamination suit.

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Court Doubts Cleanup Discretion

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is raising doubts that federal waste law gives regulators broad discretion to decide when to complete site cleanups.

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EPA Advances New Chromium 6 Assessment As California Prepares MCL

EPA is moving closer to revising its years-old assessment of the human health risks of hexavalent chromium (Cr6), which is expected to form the basis for a stricter drinking water standard, though California has recently taken one of the last steps toward finalizing a similar state standard that may not be as strict as what environmentalists are seeking.

States Concede In Fight On EPA Water Funding Pilot But Seek 'Refusal Right'

State opponents of a novel EPA water infrastructure funding pilot are conceding that they are not likely to block Congress from creating the program in a pending Army Corps of Engineers authorization bill but they are urging lawmakers to preserve states' role in the funding process, including by requiring municipalities to give states a novel "right of first refusal" before seeking new project financing.

D.C. Circuit Scraps Affirmative Defense, Forcing EPA To Revise Air Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has scrapped EPA's use of a novel "affirmative defense" in a cement air toxics rule that exempted emissions spikes due to equipment malfunctions from Clean Air Act penalties, which could force the agency to overhaul several other regulations that included the contested defense.

Canadian Shippers Win Temporary Stay From EPA's Vessel General Permit

GOP Lawmaker Cites DOE Funding To Fault EPA's Utility CCS Requirement