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Former EPA officials and others say there is little possibility that Administrator Scott Pruitt's array of ethics and spending scandals will be enough to turn the GOP against him absent a damning investigators' report, but instead see greater odds for Pruitt to leave the agency voluntarily as soon as the end of the year, likely to run for office.

The Trump administration plan to scrap the Obama-era rule strengthening EPA's facility accident prevention program and wait for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to advance a similar rulemaking could stall changes to facility oversight for the foreseeable future, as OSHA has shelved plans to update its companion rule.

States opposed to the Obama EPA's 2015 rule tightening the ozone air standard are asking a federal appeals court to revive currently stayed litigation over the standard, saying the Trump administration appears to have backed off possible plans to reconsider the standard and instead proceed with a regular Clean Air Act-mandated review of the limit.

In an unusual loss for EPA, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has vacated the agency's decision to place an Indiana waste site on the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL), finding that EPA ignored evidence that a contaminated aquifer is not connected to other groundwater.

Auto industry suppliers are detailing their call for the Trump administration to embrace “robust” vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards with more flexibility for automakers, urging agencies to formally seek comment on an “advanced technologies flexibility option” that would recognize California's “critical role” in limiting emissions and possibly prevent years of litigation over the program.

Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), chairman of the energy committee's environment panel, says he is pushing ahead with long-running efforts to craft legislation overhauling EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) despite a deal brokered by the White House that will see the agency make several immediate administrative changes to the program.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) is suggesting Congress create “a good legislative fix” to prevent states from using their authority under Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 to stall federal projects such as construction of natural gas pipelines, drawing support from Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James at a May 17 hearing.