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EPA in its final rule on new source review (NSR) air permit “project emissions accounting” is defending the policy against environmentalists’ allegations that it will enable companies to circumvent NSR and avoid adding emissions controls, but is also allowing states to keep a potentially more-onerous NSR permitting process if they prefer.

EPA is asking a federal appeals court to reject the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) request to stay a challenge of the agency’s decision not to regulate perchlorate in drinking water until a lower court rules on EPA’s termination of a consent decree that had required it to issue a drinking water standard for the rocket fuel ingredient.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is backing EPA’s authority to significantly extend the deadline for issuing federal standards for much of the country to require landfills to limit their methane emissions, even after a district court set an earlier deadline for the agency to act.

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is seeking a stay of a recent bankruptcy settlement between the federal government and a lead-acid battery manufacturer because the agreement would allegedly leave thousands of properties without sufficient funding for the cleanup of lead, while also seeking an appeal of the ruling.

A group of anonymous Black employees at the California air board is urging management to address what the staffers charge is “systemic racism and implicit bias” at the board, while proposing an “action plan” to address multiple aspects of the issue.

Numerous stakeholders are increasingly looking to the California air board’s upcoming update to its greenhouse gas “scoping plan” of proposed rules and other efforts for clues on how state officials hope to achieve extremely challenging goals of cutting man-made GHGs 40 percent by 2030 and achieving “carbon neutrality” by 2045.

Environmentalists and radioactive-cleanup experts are criticizing EPA for reversing course on a decades-long policy that prohibits the use of a radioactive byproduct from fertilizer production as a component in federal road construction, with the critics saying the move is a “give away” to a powerful industry.