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A federal district court judge has limited the scope of his recent injunction halting EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule so that it only applies in the 13 states that asked the court to block the agency implementing the rule, a victory for EPA which said the narrow application was vital to avoid prejudicing other suits over the rule.

EPA is promising to craft new training materials and other guides aimed at better integrating environmental justice (EJ) concerns into rulemakings and other agency action, following a report from its Inspector General (IG) that says repeated delays of EJ guidances have weakened the agency's use of equity considerations.

EPA is urging a federal district judge to reject environmentalists' Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit seeking materials from its development of a pending power plant effluent limitation guideline (ELG), arguing that it has already released all documents that contain no confidential information, and the remaining materials are exempt from release because they are confidential.

A new letter by Southern California Edison (SCE) expressing its support for the first time of the landmark climate change bill SB 350 reveals critical planned changes to the legislation on the Assembly floor next week, including new compliance tools for meeting a 50 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by 2030, a mid-course review of stringent 2030 energy efficiency targets and incentives for utility investment in transportation electrification projects.

EPA's narrow application of a federal district court's injunction halting its Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule in the 13 states that sought the court order -- and its apparent plan to use a similarly narrow approach if other courts issue injunctions -- could hasten Supreme Court review of the rule if the agency appeals the order, observers say.

A coalition of Southwest mining and other industry groups have filed suit in federal district court over EPA's rule to define the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA), adding to more than a dozen individual legal challenges to the policy pending in district courts across the United States and exacerbating major confusion over the lawsuits.