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.
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.
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.
Electric utilities are citing President Donald Trump's regulatory reform executive orders (EOs) to bolster their new petition urging EPA to reconsider the Obama administration's Clean Water Act effluent limitation guideline (ELG) for the sector, saying the ELG's costs and other alleged flaws make it a prime target for repeal under the EOs.
An electric utility is asking the Supreme Court to force EPA to end its “absurd” Obama-era policy prohibiting waivers from Clean Air Act emissions limits for accidental air pollution releases due to facility malfunctions, using an appeal of a case over EPA's boiler air toxics rule as the vehicle for the broader push to undo the policy.
A tentative settlement to resolve some litigation over the lead in drinking water crisis in Flint, MI, would require the full replacement of lead service lines and increased drinking water monitoring in the city but leaves unanswered questions about water utilities' responsibility under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to conduct such replacements.
Scientists and native American tribes are aiming to the boost the legal defense of EPA's revised cost finding that underpins its utility maximum achievable control technology (MACT) air toxics rule, saying some benefits of the rule such as reduced IQ losses might be hard to quantify in financial terms but still help to justify the regulation.