Vermont regulators say EPA has overstated the impacts of climate change on phosphorous loads in Lake Champlain, opening the door to a potentially precedential debate over how stringently the agency assesses water quality impairments due to climate change and calculates some regulatory limits to address potential concerns.
EPA is poised to complete its long-awaited rule governing cooling water intake structures at power plants and other industrial facilities. The Supreme Court later this week will meet to decide whether to hear ExxonMobil's case arguing that the Clean Air Act should preempt a landmark methyl tertiary butyl ether water contamination suit.
Environmentalists are informally dropping their push for EPA to set a first-time greenhouse gas (GHG) standard for refineries and will not enforce a settlement committing the agency to issue a rule, after EPA indefinitely delayed the rule and advocates are pursuing GHG limits at higher-emitting sources, including power plants and oil and gas drilling.
EPA is touting an enforcement settlement in which retail giant Lowe's will help the agency enforce its lead renovation, repair and painting (LRRP) rule with contractors the company hires, providing a model in which a third party assists the agency enforce its regulations as it cuts enforcement actions due to budget constraints.
EPA has found that many states lack adequate regulatory programs for managing solid waste from oil and natural gas exploration and production (E&P) activities and is proposing voluntary measures to address it, but environmentalists say the findings show the agency should subject the disposal to strict hazardous waste rules or at least mandate stricter solid waste requirements.
Environmentalists See RCRA Authority As Path To Fracking Enforcement
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