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EPA is floating a preliminary Clean Water Act (CWA) section 304(m) plan to assess new and revised wastewater rules for various industry sectors, including several studies to more closely examine discharges from the oil and gas sector to determine whether the industry category warrants additional regulation for the industry's wastewater.

Rejecting requests from EPA and its supporters, a federal appellate court has suspended briefing in litigation challenging EPA's greenhouse gas (GHG) rule for new power plants, giving state and industry petitioners time to consolidate their existing facial challenges with any new challenges they may seek to bring over the agency's recent denials of administrative reconsideration petitions.

EPA is fighting a coal company's claim that a Supreme Court labor ruling boosts its lawsuit arguing the agency failed to adequately consider its “reliance costs” -- or the costs incurred by the company acting on an expected EPA outcome that did not happen -- for its bar on disposal sites underlying a final Clean Water Act (CWA) permit.

States, environmentalists and the utility industry are wrestling with how best to implement EPA's coal ash disposal rule despite what some stakeholders see as certainty on regulating ash as solid waste, with states grappling with various measures to implement the rule while advocates are pursuing suits seeking strict controls for ash facilities.

Water utilities are raising concerns that EPA's planned application fee for loans through the nascent Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program will present an impediment to using the loans unless the agency modifies the application process to allow the fee to be rolled over into an eventual loan or loan guarantee.

Environmentalists are raising legal concerns over the Army Corps of Engineers' draft streamlined Clean Water Act (CWA) permits for 2017, saying they would violate the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and are "basically guaranteeing litigation" if the Corps finalizes the permits absent any consultation with federal wildlife authorities.

Environmentalists have filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Washington challenging a streamlined Clean Water Act (CWA) permit for commercial shellfish aquaculture that the advocates charge fails to comply with the CWA, the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).