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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has granted EPA's request to lift a legal stay on implementing the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program, a major win for the agency that likely extends the rule's compliance deadlines by three years to account for lengthy litigation over CSAPR.

EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) is urging the agency to craft a methodology to better quantify the connections between upstream waters with downstream waters traditionally regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA), a boost for industry groups that say EPA's planned method is scientifically unsound and could extend the CWA's scope.

EPA is adding 23 new chemicals to the list of chemicals it plans to assess using existing Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authority, highlighting the agency's ongoing plan to exert its powers under the decades-old law given fading prospects for Congress to agree on a bill to overhaul TSCA and update EPA's chemical review authority.

Environmentalists say EPA's plan for assessing risks from inert ingredients in pesticide products remains “vague” despite the agency's just-released plan to remove dozens of substances from a list of allowable inert ingredients, which the agency hailed as an initial step in its new plan for assessing and possibly regulating hazardous inert ingredients.

Industry has won early challenges to the Army Corps of Engineers' recently revised changes to its plant database that field regulators use to determine whether some areas are wetlands subject to Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction, after warning that the changes could allow for substantially broader reach of the water law.

Industry critics of EPA's proposal to define the Clean Water Act's (CWA) scope say the agency's tight self-imposed deadline of issuing a final version by early 2015 could open the door to a suit claiming EPA violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) by not allowing enough time to fully review all comments on the proposed rule.