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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and a dozen other Senate Democrats are floating companion legislation with multiple environmental justice (EJ) provisions that aligns with a prior House proposal and the environmental platform of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

States are split over whether EPA should reconsider its position that Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations are not required before allowing states to assume Clean Water Act (CWA) wetlands permitting, with the divide appearing to relate to whether states are exploring assumption or are already issuing dredge-and-fill permits.

Industry and free-market groups are urging EPA to maintain its current policy position that Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations are not required before allowing states to assume Clean Water Act (CWA) wetlands permitting, and are calling on the agency to reject an alternative interpretation advanced by Florida officials.

California lawmakers are rejecting a union-opposed bill requiring longer setbacks for oil and gas drilling from houses, schools and other “sensitive receptors,” with some Democrats charging the measure duplicates a pending state rulemaking and opponents citing the need to focus on more important issues such as the COVID-19 emergency.

Natural gas vehicle manufacturers in a new suit allege that California’s landmark regulation requiring truck makers to sell an increasing percentage of zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) models beginning in 2024 violates the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Administrative Procedure Act (APA).

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit has denied Ohio and Tennessee’s request to preliminarily enjoin the since-repealed Obama-era waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, finding the states’ interlocutory appeal of the issue is now moot but remanding the case back to the district court for further proceedings.

EPA and Utah have agreed to settle the state’s legal claims over the massive 2015 Gold King Mine wastewater spill that was set off by an agency-led cleanup project, with the agency agreeing to provide Clean Water Act (CWA) cleanup grants for affected areas and setting deadlines to begin cleanups under the Superfund program.