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EPA is said to be considering removing some classes of buses from its increasingly controversial plan to exempt certain vocational vehicles from its upcoming phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) rule for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, a step that would address concerns from California regulators who have made emissions from transit buses a priority in their broader effort to limit GHGs from vocational vehicles.

States urging the Supreme Court to again hear challenges to EPA's utility maximum achievable control technology (MACT) air toxics rule are defending their legal standing to sue by claiming “injury” due to economic harm on states from the rule, while also rejecting EPA's claim that its cost review of the rule makes the lawsuit moot.

A federal district court judge in North Dakota has halted several states' lawsuit over EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule until either a federal appeals court or the Supreme Court issues a decision on the rule, following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit's split ruling that it has power to hear suits over the regulation.

EPA's former chief of criminal investigations is criticizing the agency for shifting resources and staff toward its data-focused "Next Generation" compliance initiative in lieu of in-person inspections, saying that Next Generation alone will not achieve sufficiently strong enforcement which in turn poses potential risks to the environment.

The Supreme Court is poised to consider later this month whether to accept a case seeking to overturn a novel ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit that the nuclear industry says conflicts with other circuits and would make it vulnerable to potentially extensive liability under state tort laws for radioactive releases into the environment.

The Army Corps of Engineers has issued its draft streamlined Clean Water Act (CWA) permits for 2017 -- including two first-time permits for renewable energy projects -- which could potentially revive previously raised concerns about permits' potential adverse impacts on the environment and endangered species.

House Republicans are floating a fiscal year 2017 funding bill for EPA that would block a host of major agency regulations including its climate rules for the power and oil and gas production sectors as well as its Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, but the legislation would make only slight cuts to EPA's overall funding levels.