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EPA's environmental economics center has released its final report on a "willingness-to-pay" (WTP) survey that says residents value improved water quality in the Chesapeake Bay at up to more than $6 billion per year, which regulators hope will boost their implementation of the agency's multi-state nutrient and sediment cleanup plan for the Bay.

Top House Democrats are detailing several methodological steps the administration could take to increase blend mandates in EPA's imminent multi-year renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes rule, citing the greenhouse gas benefits that such a rule could provide heading into the Paris climate talks.

Missouri's congressional delegation has introduced legislation that would compel EPA to transfer its cleanup authority for a controversial landfill in Missouri containing radioactive waste to the Army Corps of Engineers, making the landfill part of the Corps' Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP).

EPA is urging a federal district court to reverse its order denying the agency's request to halt litigation over its Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule until an appellate court decides whether it is the correct venue for such suits, warning that having the district court case proceed will create “burdensome, complex, and contentious litigation.”

EPA is urging a federal appeals court to vacate and remand its registration of an herbicide designed for use on genetically-modified (GM) crops after discovering new data in the pesticide producers' patent application suggesting the registration might have underestimated the product's synergistic risks to endangered non-target plants.

A former EPA official is warning that power plants making efficiency upgrades to comply with EPA's greenhouse gases rule for existing utilities could trigger costly Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permitting mandates for the conventional pollutants emitted from efficiency technologies.