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A coal mining firm is urging the Supreme Court to undo an appellate decision that the company says created a circuit court split by ruling that EPA's nationwide general permit for stormwater does not “shield” facilities from Clean Water Act (CWA) liability for releases of solid coal, saying the narrowed view of the permit conflicts with other rulings.

EPA has issued a final rule granting environmentalists' petition for the agency to force 36 states to scrap provisions in their state air quality plans that exempted industry from Clean Air Act emissions standards during periods of facility startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM), saying recent court rulings make the exemption unlawful.

EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are fighting a trucking sector suit over EPA's approval of the state's landmark greenhouse gas (GHG) rule for semi-truck trailers, arguing it was filed in the wrong court and even if the venue is deemed appropriate that the suit fails on the merits because the approval was lawful.

EPA's just-updated Unified Agenda of pending regulations sets an August target for issuing a controversial final package of greenhouse gas (GHG) rules for power plants, while other major rules -- including a perchlorate drinking water rule and revised air toxics standards for the oil and gas sector -- are facing significant new delays.

EPA is crafting a followup plan with "ambitious goals" for its environmental justice (EJ) efforts in the wake of the agency's Plan EJ2014, which outlined a series of guidance documents and other tools intended to integrate EJ considerations more fully into agency actions, though some key EJ2014 commitments remain incomplete.

A new report from a group representing state air officials outlines more than two dozen possible strategies to comply with EPA’s greenhouse gas (GHG) rule for existing power plants, offering a planning resource for states as well as new ammunition for rule supporters to argue states have wide flexibility to meet their emission reduction targets.