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Environmentalists are criticizing EPA's potential three-year delay -- from July 2018 to July 2021 -- for the deadline by which states must submit to the agency revised plans for reducing regional haze, saying the haze program is already subject to a number of delays and that postponing the air plan deadline will exacerbate the problem.

As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, EPA and other federal agencies Oct. 31 released their final plans for adapting to climate change, as well as individual program implementation plans -- measures meant to offset global warming impacts such as flooding, sea-level rise and severe weather events on facilities and actions the agency takes.

Long-stalled Obama administration nominees for several high-profile EPA and other environmental positions could face even greater hurdles to securing Senate approval if the GOP wins control of the upper chamber in next week's midterm elections, given Republican attacks on EPA and vows to significantly scale back its policy agenda.

Next week's midterm elections are poised to scramble state responses to EPA's greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for existing utilities as control of gubernatorial mansions in several states could flip just as the proposal's comment period is closing and states are beginning to explore potential compliance strategies.

EPA attorneys have approved the use of Clean Water Act state revolving fund (SRF) money as part of a new water infrastructure loan program, over the objections of rural water utilities and some environmentalists who wanted to prohibit use of the SRF money due to concerns that it would be unlawful and divert vital SRF money.

EPA and the Energy Department (DOE) are formally disputing whether DOE can further extend a cleanup milestone governing the removal of radioactive sludge from its Hanford, WA, nuclear complex, with the regulator assessing weekly fines of as much as $10,000 against the department for the breach.