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Several state environment agencies are urging EPA to tighten its proposed changes to the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) rule governing reuse of coal ash, arguing that the new policy needs to be more stringent, more specific, or both in order to aid implementation.

Environmental, labor and industry groups are making competing calls for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit to either remand or alter to EPA a rule barring consumer uses of paint-stripping products containing methylene chloride, as they push the court to back their claims of deficiencies in the agency’s rulemaking.

Appellate judges at Oct. 21 oral argument will hear a lawsuit filed by Sierra Club and other environmental groups over provisions in EPA’s mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) for power plants that allow utilities alternatives to meeting hard emissions limits during facility startups, which critics claim are unlawful and increase air pollution.

EPA’s plan to revoke Obama-era water quality standards (WQS) for Washington state is prompting major legal objections from almost two dozen Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest who say the agency lacks authority for the change and that the reversal violates a Clean Water Act (CWA) mandate to protect downstream uses of water.

Chief Justice John Roberts is asking Baltimore officials to respond to an oil industry request for the Supreme Court to pause a lower court’s order allowing the city’s climate nuisance case to proceed in state court while the companies appeal that decision in federal appellate court.

Environmental groups and other critics of EPA’s proposal to rescind methane controls for new oil and gas facilities -- a step that precludes controls on existing sources -- are highlighting environmental damage from the rollback they argue would be much higher than the agency’s own estimates.

The Senate on a bipartisan 41-53 vote has rejected Democrats’ attempt to scrap EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule and reinstate the stricter Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), though Democrats are warning that vulnerable Republicans might pay an electoral price by backing the weaker GHG rule.