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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in two new decisions is rejecting Clean Water Act (CWA) liability for pollution that travels through groundwater to surface waters, breaking with two other circuits that have allowed CWA penalties for groundwater-borne pollution and boosting the odds the Supreme Court might have to resolve the split.

Auto industry groups are urging the Trump administration to preserve the credit system developed under the vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy program for technologies that can help cut emissions, such as those for air conditioner improvements and “off cycle” technologies, underscoring fears the officials' proposed rollback could backfire.

A public interest group is calling for stepped up enforcement of EPA administered industrial facility safety rules that require disclosure of facilities' data after a federal court expedited compliance with an Obama-era rule strengthening the agency's accident prevention program, even as the Trump administration seeks to roll the rule back.

A power sector attorney is suggesting EPA use its imminent reconsideration of the Obama-era utility air toxics rule to replace it with state-led programs for curbing power plant emissions using air trading or other more-flexible controls, but that could trigger a fight over whether the programs will have a “co-benefit” of reducing other air pollution.

EPA and Maine officials are at odds over how a federal court should proceed in closely watched litigation over the agency's 2015 rejection of some of the state's water quality standards (WQS), adding to the debate over how or whether regulators should set standards that protect water uses, including “sustenance” or “subsistence” fishing.

A federal appeals court has ruled that a decades-old appropriations rider does not bar the Army Corps of Engineers' use of regional supplements to its nationwide manual for identifying wetlands subject to the Clean Water Act (CWA), avoiding a precedent that could have greatly expanded the limits that funding riders place on EPA and other agencies.

Appellate court judges have again granted environmentalists' request to force quick implementation of an Obama-era rule tightening facility safety requirements, expediting its ruling that struck down a Trump administration effort to delay the rule's effectiveness by almost two years while the agency considers whether to undo the stricter mandates.