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EPA is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to halt suits over the agency's climate rules for new and existing power plants, saying President Donald Trump's energy executive order (EO) means the agency will overhaul the rules and those changes could significantly alter the outcome of the suits.

The American Chemistry Council is pressing EPA to restrict the scope of chemical "uses" it considers for the first 10 substance reviews it is planning under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authority, arguing the agency should only look at the chemicals' current uses rather than all possible uses of the substances.

EPA, environmentalists, states and industry in new legal filings are sparring over the merits of the Obama agency's rule allowing participation in the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program to satisfy separate haze pollution control mandates, a policy that the Trump administration is currently continuing to defend.

EPA rank-and-file staff were not invited to the agency's Map Room to see President Donald Trump sign a long-anticipated, high-profile executive order seeking to dismantle the Obama administration's climate change regulatory work, and many staffers tell Inside EPA that they are keeping their heads down and concentrating on work.

President Donald Trump's just-signed executive order directing EPA to “review” and “if appropriate” revise or rescind its greenhouse gas limits for power plants will soon spur an administration request for appellate judges to pause ongoing litigation over those rules, a critical move that could preserve several options for officials to scrap the rules.

The Trump administration is outlining a broad policy to promote development of the country's “vast energy resources,” with the president's just-issued executive order on the issue directing agencies to identify a host of “regulatory burdens” that “unnecessarily encumber energy production” and hamper job growth.

Democratic and GOP members of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) are voicing support for the latest iteration of a bill to codify EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) integrated planning policy, signaling that the long-pending legislation -- which has support from municipal groups -- might finally reach the Senate floor this year.