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EPA's top political appointee in the enforcement office says states will play a major role in a looming potential overhaul of the agency's enforcement priorities in order to help identify and scrap goals that are outdated or already achieved, while floating possible new target areas for enforcement such as drinking water contamination.

EPA's Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance (OECA) is weighing a “refreshing” of its self-audit policies that gives facilities incentives to report violations to the agency, says OECA's top political deputy Patrick Traylor, but he is strongly backing an existing policy that expands incentives for new facility owners to report past violations.

Environmentalists are faulting draft legislation backed by the pesticide industry that would limit EPA's reviews of pesticides' harms to endangered species, while the Trump administration urges a federal court to delay by two years a deadline for completing the first reviews under an Obama-era process that industry is aiming to scrap.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is defending his rollbacks of Obama-era policies as “clarification” not deregulation, pledging that the agency will take its first step toward replacing its greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants “very, very soon,” and vowing to move quickly on repealing the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule.

Pennsylvania environment regulators and public health groups are faulting EPA's omission of climate change from its recent draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-2022, calling it a “glaring oversight” that shirks the agency's responsibility to help tackle a global challenge and will harm efforts to achieve the plan's other goals.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is “freezing out” technical input from his Office of Transportation & Air Quality (OTAQ) as the agency reopens Obama-era greenhouse rules for heavy-duty trucks and passenger cars, say sources who fear the agency's vast engineering expertise on emissions controls it has built up over decades could be marginalized.

The Justice Department's (DOJ) acting environment chief is vowing the Trump administration will pursue a “strong program” of civil and criminal Clean Water Act (CWA) enforcement while promoting “a compliance assistance mindset” as many states and localities have done, downplaying concerns about possible enforcement cuts.