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Despite the Supreme Court stay of EPA's existing power plant greenhouse gas standards, a top official says the agency will continue to develop the rule's policy framework and work with businesses and states that continue compliance planning, while also promising to step up efforts to adopt several other pending climate rules before President Obama leaves office.

Leading state opponents of EPA's greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for existing power plants say the Supreme Court's decision to stay the rule pending the outcome of legal challenges should spur other states to “put down your pencils” and halt work on any compliance activities, though it is far from clear that the agency's supporters will do so.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is planning to include language in a 2016 Army Corps of Engineers authorization bill that would create a voluntarily-financed federal trust fund for financing repair of aging water infrastructure, arguing that the measure would fill gaps left after EPA's state revolving funds (SRFs) are exhausted.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is urging EPA to grant the oil and gas sector credit for reducing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) under the agency's voluntary methane reduction program, saying that the credit should apply toward industry's compliance with pending agency guidelines on reducing emissions from existing drilling.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is urging EPA to undertake Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation with the service over a pending update to the agency's 2001 ambient water quality criteria for cadmium, a call echoed by environmentalists and California officials, who argue the criteria are insufficiently protective of endangered species.

Environmentalists are suing EPA to force the agency to object to the "synthetic minor" Clean Air Act permit of a Georgia power plant, a type of permit that some environmental sources say is problematic because its limits on emissions, which are designed to avoid tougher "major source" pollution controls, can often be difficult to enforce.