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EPA's recent proposal to approve North Dakota as the first state to permit carbon capture and storage (CCS) injection wells is putting renewed pressure on California to “align” its pending rules for how CCS projects can earn lucrative carbon credits with the agency's permitting program, supporters of the technology say.

EPA has sent for White House pre-publication review a draft guidance for how states should craft permit programs for coal ash disposal, signaling the Trump administration's first major efforts to implement the 2016 law that revised an Obama-era ash rule by overhauling the enforcement provisions to give states delegated permit powers.

Environmentalists are sparring with petroleum and chemical manufacturers over how broadly EPA should apply confidential business information (CBI) restrictions preventing disclosure of data on substances that companies submit to the agency in order to comply with the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

EPA is moving toward settlements and other judicially enforceable rulemaking mandates in a host of cases over Obama-era rules that could result in weaker policies sought by industry, despite Administrator Scott Pruitt decrying the “rulemaking by litigation” practice and issuing a verbal “directive” to stop such pacts.

Former top environmental officials in the Obama administration say President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal year 2018 budget for EPA is so draconian that it suggests the new administration does not understand the agency's obligations under environmental laws because it will not be able to meet those obligations.

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation to harmonize aspects of the Department of Transportation's fuel economy program with EPA's vehicle greenhouse gas program, a bill that reflects efforts automakers have long sought but which is already sparking fierce blowback from environmental and consumer advocates.

Former EPA toxics chief Jim Jones says he doubts the Trump administration will be able to adopt “sustainable” long-term changes to the agency's Obama-era framework for reviewing the impact of pesticides on endangered species, putting a damper on chemical industry calls to scrap the program.