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New Mexico is defending its federal district court suit against EPA and companies over their roles in the massive spill of contaminated wastewater from the former Gold King mine in Colorado and rejecting claims that its separate Supreme Court case over the spill bars the lower court suit, saying the Superfund law validates both cases.

EPA is moving to complete power plants' shift to electronic emissions reporting for its maximum achievable control technology (MACT) air toxics rule for the sector, proposing the second phase of a two-part process for having all utilities subject to the contested rule report to a centralized database no later than the end of 2017.

Environmentalist are fighting some chemical sector officials' suggestion that EPA limit the scope of fees the agency would impose for industry-requested chemical risk evaluations under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), saying companies should pay 50 to 100 per cent of the costs regardless of the breadth of the assessment.

Environmentalists are challenging five Army Corps of Engineers-issued Clean Water Act (CWA) section 404 permits for a major pipeline project, saying the Corps failed to adequately address mitigation of watershed loss during the permitting process -- at odds with a federal rule issued in 2008 that outlines mitigation mandates.

A new coalition representing small petroleum retailers is backing calls from refiners for EPA to shift the “point of obligation” fuel blending mandate under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners to fuel blenders, a change that could lead to more production of alternative fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Some industry attorneys are calling for EPA to allow states to take a leading role in reviewing facilities' self-reported violations of environmental laws rather than employing the agency's own self-audit policy, saying the federal program is outdated and has limited resources that have led to delays responding to submissions.

Environmentalists are suing EPA over its approval of Washington, D.C.'s Clean Water Act (CWA) cleanup plans for E. coli in the Anacostia and Potomac rivers, urging a federal district court to scrap the plan's monitoring mandates for being too weak to detect bacteria levels -- despite precedent on courts deferring to EPA on such mandates.