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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says the agency has sufficient funds to fully operate at existing levels until Jan. 26 if the government, as expected, shuts down at midnight Jan. 19, although if the shutdown continues beyond next week the fate of the agency's regular operations is uncertain and Pruitt says further updates would come at that time.

EPA is asking federal judges to combine all litigation over the 2015 Gold King Mine wastewater spill including potentially “hundreds” of future cases that victims of the spill might bring if their administrative claims for damages are denied, but plaintiffs in the current suits say the agency fails to meet the high bar for granting consolidation.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) is peppering EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt with numerous queries -- on topics including climate change, vehicle rules, toxics and the agency's spending practices -- previewing concerns he and other Democrats are likely to air at a Senate environment committee hearing with Pruitt later this month.

The Constitution Pipeline Company is asking the Supreme Court to review and overturn a lower court ruling that upheld New York's denial of a Clean Water Act (CWA) certification for its proposed natural gas pipeline, charging that state authority under the CWA is superseded by federal energy regulators' exclusive jurisdiction over interstate pipelines as well as provisions of energy and natural gas laws.

EPA's announcement that it will reconsider aspects of its long-running regional haze rule that requires states to reduce air pollution in national parks and wilderness areas in order to improve visibility is spurring environmentalists' fears that the changes will lead to weaker emissions controls on sources of haze-forming pollution.

EPA's just-announced reconsideration of the Obama administration's revised regional haze rule signals how Administrator Scott Pruitt is pushing toward greater state autonomy under the Clean Air Act's system of “cooperative federalism,” where states have the primary role in implementation of clean air policy.

A chemical industry coalition is urging EPA to forgo regulating new chemicals' risks to workers and use new authority under the revised toxics law to instead inform the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) enforcement, an approach environmentalists say is “patently illegal” and would undermine worker protections due to OSHA's limited reach and resources.