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EPA faces a host of legal and policy questions about the future of its air transport policy after a federal appeals court lifted its years-old stay barring the agency from implementing the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) to curb interstate emissions, including the timing of CSAPR's next phases and the scope of new transport policies.

EPA is narrowing its 1998 policy defining which facility air violations are “high priority” events triggering federal reporting requirements to help reduce what states have called an onerous recordkeeping burden associated with the agency's new Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS)-Air reporting database launched earlier this month.

Power and other industry groups are urging EPA to withdraw its proposed rule to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at modified power plants, charging that the measure is unlawful on its face because it imposes overlapping regulatory mandates requiring plants to comply with GHG standards for both modified and existing facilities.

Former Bush EPA research chief George Gray is proposing what he calls a “provocative” overhaul of the agency's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program to alter the types of risk estimates it publishes in order to reduce uncertainty and improve IRIS, prompting concern from agency staff about the proposal's limitations.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is weighing competing comments on improving its facility security program, with industry groups citing an "inherent conflict" with EPA information-sharing requirements and urging changes to DHS' inspection protocols, while labor and community groups are calling for greater coordination with other federal programs.

Opposing parties in a closely watched Superfund case on arranger liability pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit are arguing over whether a recent ruling by the 7th Circuit in a separate case limiting the reach of arranger liability should influence the 4th Circuit's upcoming deliberations.