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Appellate judges at Oct. 27 oral argument asked tough questions of EPA and the biodiesel sector in the industry's suit challenging the agency's system for ensuring imported biodiesel meets the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements of the renewable fuel standard (RFS), but gave little indication of how they might rule.

EPA's final Environmental Justice (EJ) 2020 Action Agenda (EJ 2020) largely maintains the goals for bolstering equity as a consideration in decisionmaking that it floated in a draft version of the agenda earlier this year, advancing the agency's efforts to incorporate EJ as a major factor in research, rulemakings, and other efforts.

EPA has released new draft guidance for communities seeking to craft long-term stormwater control plans, the first step in a new effort to support such plans that will eventually include a “toolkit” of online resources and new technical assistance resources, and is working with five municipalities in a pilot program to produce model plans.

EPA's decision to include the flame retardant chemicals DecaBDEbromodiphenyl ethers (Deca) among a list of substances it has flagged for expedited action under section 6(h) of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) may pose an early test for the new law's provisions governing chemicals in "articles," or finished products.

A coalition of water advocates and investors advocating for sustainability practices is beginning to develop a set of standards for financing “natural infrastructure” projects that protect source waters from the effects of climate change, after the group earlier this month released a similar standard for protecting built infrastructure projects.

EPA in a new white paper is floating options for its pending lead and copper rule (LCR) overhaul due in 2017 that include more-specific measures than recent recommendations from an agency advisory panel, including how to resolve legal issues with replacing lead service lines (LSLs) and to impose new water sampling requirements.

Former EPA officials say the agency's “Next Generation” compliance effort that focuses on data-driven monitoring and self-enforcement of rules faces uncertain prospects in the next administration even if Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election, because it is unclear whether a future EPA enforcement chief would support it.