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August 13, 2019

Years after a federal appellate court told EPA it must set strict “daily” pollution limits in waterbody cleanup plans, a district court is reiterating that need and vacating two such plans for the Anacostia and Potomac rivers in Washington, D.C., where EPA failed to require such daily maximum discharge limits for E. coli bacteria.

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California and other states with market-based programs to cut power sector greenhouse gas emissions charge in a new suit that EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which replaces the broader Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), is unlawful under the Clean Air Act and penalizes states that try to work together to cut emissions.

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The ongoing effort to reorganize EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) is continuing on Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s requested schedule starting in fiscal year 2020, according to information released at a recent internal meeting, even as plans to reorganize the toxics office have stalled due to pressing statutory deadlines.

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EPA and the Sierra Club have dropped their long-running suit against Texas utility Luminant for violations of new source review (NSR) permitting requirements in an effort to avoid a broad adverse precedent that could hamstring future actions to seek injunctive relief for past violations under multiple statutes across a wide swath of the country.

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August 12, 2019

President Donald Trump is facing angry calls from biofuels groups and Farm Belt lawmakers to quickly intervene and mitigate the effects of a fresh round of EPA waivers exempting small refiners from renewable fuel standard (RFS) blending obligations, as the agricultural economy continues to suffer from a host of problems depressing farm incomes.

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Current and former government officials are strongly criticizing a draft guidance crafted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) that instruct agencies to limit the scope of how they consider greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.

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Current and former government officials are strongly criticizing a draft guidance crafted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) that instruct agencies to limit the scope of how they consider greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.

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EPA’s plan to drop a three-fold safety factor (3X) intended to protect children from harmful exposures to widely used pyrethrin and pyrethroid insecticides based on new industry models is raising concerns from environmentalists that the industry is increasingly turning to such models to win scaled back regulatory requirements from the agency.

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Environmentalists and a California county that is home to more than 1 million dairy and livestock cattle are settling a lawsuit with an agreement that aims to achieve substantial emission reductions of the potent greenhouse gas methane, prior to the implementation of statewide, legislatively mandated regulations.

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An owner of a Minnesota peat mining firm is seeking to expand the number of states where federal courts have halted implementation of the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, asking a federal district court to declare several provisions in the rule are unlawful and unconstitutional and are therefore invalid.

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Parts of EPA’s recent proposal to rework Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) limits on coal ash reuse are based on “the least restrictive state requirement” rather than fresh analysis of risk data, in a move that sources say could spur a “race to the bottom” among states looking to adopt more lenient standards.

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August 09, 2019

EPA in a new interpretation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) is proposing to significantly narrow the actions states can consider when determining whether a federally permitted project will violate water quality standards, seeking to eliminate powers that allow states to consider a project’s “activities” while allowing them to consider only its “discharges."

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As lawmakers gear up to resolve differences in their pending defense bills to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), water utility groups are, for the first time, detailing joint principles, including asking for a liability exemption for PFAS-containing residuals if the bill requires EPA to designate the chemicals as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law.

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New Mexico officials are urging EPA to bring rare administrative and judicial enforcement actions against the Air Force over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in light of the agency’s previous commitments, the latest front in states’ efforts to get regulators to address the contamination, though federal officials are rejecting their calls.

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EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is faulting the agency’s lack of transparency when implementing President Donald Trump’s “two-for-one” executive order (EO 13711) intended to cut regulations and reduce compliance costs for regulated industry.

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EPA has issued its proposed rule under Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401seeking to update and clarify states’ substantive and procedural requirements for reviewing and certifying that federally permitted projects, including hydropower dams and energy pipelines, will not harm state water quality standards.

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August 08, 2019

EPA is issuing guidance to companies that sell products containing the herbicide glyphosate to avoid and remove any labeling that says glyphosate causes cancer, in direct conflict with California Proposition 65 warning requirements for the chemical compound that have been temporarily set aside by a federal district court.

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The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is dropping its appeal of a federal district court’s order for the board to issue by February a final rule requiring accidental release reporting from chemical facilities, reaffirming the board’s plan released this spring to comply with the order’s timeline.

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Democratic-led states are seeking to use Trump officials’ regulatory statements against them in a pending legal challenge to a key EPA decision to weaken Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas standards, arguing the administration in a separate rule acknowledges the agency’s decision is final and thus subject to court review.

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California Air Resources Board (CARB) officials are defending their recent voluntary agreement on vehicle greenhouse gases with four major auto companies in the face of new claims from researchers that the pact weakens existing Obama-era standards and may significantly curb its GHG emissions reduction benefits.

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