North Dakota is warning that a recent consent decree between EPA and environmentalists that commits the agency to decide by March 15, 2019, on whether it needs to revise its Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) solid waste rules for the oil and gas sector violates the waste law and will restrict EPA's regulatory discretion.
Environmentalists and the oil industry are at odds over EPA's proposed reconsideration of provisions in its air toxics rule for refineries, with environmentalists calling on the agency to impose tougher controls on the facilities while industry is giving the proposal cautious praise but still seeking changes to specific requirements.
The Army Corps of Engineers in its final streamlined Clean Water Act (CWA) permits for 2017 is seeking to deflect concerns from environmentalists about one of the permits authorizing construction of pipelines that could lead to spills or other environmental harms, saying addressing such impacts is the purview of EPA and other agencies.
Environmentalists are pursuing a novel lawsuit seeking to scrap dozens of oil and gas drilling leases on public land in Colorado granted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), claiming BLM failed to conduct sufficient emissions analysis of the leases that the environmentalists claim will worsen ozone problems around Denver.
EPA and coal firms are fighting environmentalists’ request to intervene on the agency’s behalf in an ongoing suit that seeks to force EPA to review the impacts if Clean Air Act rules have had on coal industry jobs, saying the advocates’ fear that the Trump administration will drop EPA's opposition to the case is too speculative.