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The Supreme Court is unlikely to grant potential petitions for review of a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit finding that the appeals court has authority to hear suits over EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, observers say, as the justices will likely wait to review the CWA rule once the 6th Circuit issues a ruling on its merits.

EPA is taking early steps to bolster its future use of “citizen science” through which members of the public gather environmental data with personal devices, academics say, with an agency advisory panel preparing a report to inform how EPA uses the data and the agency issuing guidance on minimum requirements for personal and other air monitors.

A federal district court in Michigan is weighing whether to consolidate dozens of lawsuits over the Flint, MI, lead-in-drinking-water crisis, with attorneys for the plaintiffs in class action tort suits arguing a coordinated effort would create judicial efficiency and attorneys for plaintiffs in other types of litigation arguing their cases should be heard separately.

A White House economic adviser is strongly defending the joint EPA and Department of Transportation (DOT) greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for light-duty vehicles, signaling that the auto industry could face a high hurdle in persuading the current administration that low fuel prices should require a rethink of the standards.

House GOP lawmakers claim that a deposition from a former EPA Region 10 ecologist proves that the agency “predetermined” its decision to issue a novel preemptive Clean Water Act (CWA) “veto” to block a planned mining project in Alaska's Bristol Bay before launching a scientific review of the potential impacts of the project.

Republican staff for the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) are predicting any attempt to include increased authorization for EPA's traditional water infrastructure funding programs in an Army Corps of Engineers authorization bill would meet strong opposition, though they are confident a host of other water infrastructure initiatives in the bill will survive a vote on the Senate floor.

EPA's top air official is suggesting that the agency's upcoming information collection request (ICR) regarding existing oil and gas sector methane sources will proceed in two stages, and some industry sources hope that approach will reduce some reporting burdens on the industry.