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Alabama's attorney general is arguing that EPA exceeded its legal authorities by considering air emissions and environmental justice concerns in its proposal to place a Birmingham, AL, site on the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) and is urging EPA to scrap the plan, posing a test for how the agency crafts its listing decisions.

Low gasoline prices are unlikely to have any major impact on EPA's long-term planning for its vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) rules for light-duty cars and heavy-duty trucks, agency officials say, as short-term fluctuations in gas prices are unlikely to justify either additional compliance flexibility for existing rules or affect future rules.

EPA plans to revise its deadline for states to submit air quality compliance plans for its regional haze emissions reduction program and craft additional guidance to ease implementation of the program, prompting support from states that have struggled to meet existing deadlines but concern from advocates about possible delays to pollution cuts.

Environmentalists are urging EPA to reverse its recent decision to scrap a planned Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent limitation guideline (ELG) and revive the rulemaking effort, arguing in a recent meeting with agency and White House officials that coalbed methane (CBM) effluent discharges are creating major harm to waterbodies that justifies an ELG.

Republican and Democratic senators are exploring options for closing a loophole they say allows tar sands oil producers to avoid paying into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund following broad support for a non-binding “sense of the Senate” amendment that was included in the Keystone XL pipeline bill approved Jan. 29.

A biofuels manufacturer is pursuing a novel lawsuit claiming that EPA's announcement that it is delaying final 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) fuel production targets until 2015 effectively implements the contested proposed version of the 2014 RFS goals, which the company criticized for floating lower renewable fuel production targets.