A federal district judge is giving EPA until July 1 to craft a sweeping review of how its Clean Air Act rules for power plants and the coal sector may have affected jobs across the entire economy, rejecting the agency's push for at least two years to convene an advisory panel to help it determine how to obtain the information necessary for the study.
A federal district judge appears unlikely to grant coal companies' bid for a stay on all new of pending EPA Clean Air Act rules for their sector until the agency reviews the existing policies' impact on jobs in the industry, while also signaling that he will require a broader jobs study covering the entire economy and not just the coal sector.
States intent on moving forward with greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation despite an expected slowdown at the federal level are looking to EPA's draft model trading rules for its power plant GHG standards as a resource to develop new or expand existing state clean energy initiatives.
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.