Environmentalists are asking a federal judge to rule that recent severe storms and floods are direct effects of climate change, and thus must be part of permit compliance plans at ExxonMobil facilities, hoping to win a novel decision that climate change is not a speculative threat but a concrete one while highlighting charges that the company has long known of the risks but failed to act.
A coalition of states, major environmental groups and several low-carbon utilities are offering their legal defense of EPA's greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for new power plants, as such groups are poised to take a much more significant role in litigation over the regulation if the incoming Trump administration drops its legal defense of the rule.
Environmentalists and industry groups are urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit to reject EPA's defenses of its Clean Water Act (CWA) permit rule for cooling water intake structures, with each side saying that the agency's arguments either misstate the terms of the regulation or overstep its authority under CWA and other laws.
EPA is defending from legal attacks its rule allowing states' participation in the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) power plant emissions trading program to satisfy requirements in its regional haze reduction program, claiming environmentalists' attacks on the rule are largely moot and also faulting industry's challenge.
Environmentalists are urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn a district court's ruling that backed EPA's refusal to release power plants' Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent treatment data, saying the decision threatens to greatly expand the list of “trade secrets” shielded from disclosure under the water law.