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Environmentalists are using 11th-hour meetings with EPA and White House officials to fight the coal ash reuse industry's claim that it faces potential economic harm if EPA gives ash a "stigma" by classifying it as hazardous waste in its looming disposal rule, touting research they say proves the classification would not discourage reuse.

EPA says it will use its final Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule to resolve how to address "grandfathering" of waters that the Army Corps of Engineers has already deemed non-jurisdictional under the law, with industry urging EPA and the Corps to continue exempting such waters from the CWA's scope in the agencies' final joint rule.

EPA and its allies are asking an appellate court to accept their proposed limited path forward in addressing remaining greenhouse gas (GHG) permit issues following a high court decision that held the agency lacked Clean Air Act authority to issue stationary source permits based solely on facilities' GHG emissions.

EPA and industry are seeking to block environmentalists' request for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit to transfer litigation over EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) cooling water intake rule to the 2nd Circuit, fighting advocates' claim that the 2nd Circuit should hear the case because the rule is a direct response to prior court rulings.

EPA is delaying the implementation deadlines for its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) and revising some of the rule's emissions allowances that utilities can use to comply with the air trading program, following a federal appeals court order that reinstated the rule over objections from state and power sector opponents of CSAPR.

Appellate judges considering one of environmentalists' two ongoing challenges over EPA's rule exempting water transfers from Clean Water Act (CWA) permit requirements could decide the case without reaching the validity of the rule, after signaling at oral arguments that they were considering a ruling based on site-specific factors instead.