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ACTIVISTS URGE HIGH COURT TO DENY REVIEW OF LANDMARK CITIZEN SUIT RULING

Environmentalists are urging the Supreme Court to deny review of a landmark federal appeals court case that protects citizens' ability to sue industry for violations even when a state enforcement action is underway, according to a recently filed brief.

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ACTIVISTS SEEK LANDMARK COURT RULING IN KENTUCKY ANTI-DEGRADATION SUIT

Several Kentucky environmental groups are requesting a federal district court judge issue a summary judgment in a landmark case aimed at forcing EPA to promulgate regulations to prevent the degradation of waters in the state.

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UTILITIES JOIN INDUSTRY TO DEFEND EPA IN SUIT ON EFFLUENT GUIDELINE REVIEWS

A coalition of electric utilities is joining other industry dischargers to defend EPA in a suit by environmentalists over whether the agency needs to ramp up efforts to review and revise existing regulations under its effluent limitation guidelines (ELG) program. Industry dischargers have joined the suit to ensure a seat at the table in the event the agency is forced to negotiate a settlement that sets a new timetable for reviewing existing effluent limits.

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ACTIVISTS URGE COURT TO DENY EPA REQUEST TO REHEAR SUIT ON REMINING RULE

Environmental groups are urging a federal appeals court to deny EPA's request for an en banc rehearing of a case challenging the agency's effluent limitation guidelines for coal remining operations, arguing that "EPA has failed to demonstrate any point of law that the panel overlooked or misapprehended."

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STATES URGE APPEALS COURT TO OVERTURN RULING LIMITING NRD CLAIMS

The attorneys general of 14 states are urging a federal appeals court to overturn a court ruling from last year that industry and the federal government have cited to argue that states have limited ability to pursue natural resource damage (NRD) claims over contaminated groundwater.

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ACTIVISTS FIGHTING EPA RULE ALLOWING DISCHARGES UNDER EXPIRED PERMITS

Environmentalists are asking a federal district court in Hawaii to overturn a long-standing EPA regulation that allows dischargers to continue operating under expired clean water permits if the discharger has applied to renew the permit.

A victory for environmentalists could pressure EPA and state regulators to resolve an existing backlog of dischargers who are operating under expired permits, an attorney involved with the case says, noting that some dischargers have been operating under expired permits for years.

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Court Ruling May Support Bush Administration Goals For Wetlands Protection

A federal appeals court this month has backed a long-standing wetlands protection program by the Department of Agriculture (USDA), a ruling that state officials say is crucial in the wake of the Supreme Court's contentious SWANCC decision and that could help the Bush administration achieve its goal of increasing the nation's protected wetlands.

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Court Inquiry Into EPA Refinery Deal May Signal Increased Oversight

A federal district court is asking the government for more information about a proposed Clean Air Act settlement with the petroleum company Chevron, in an apparently unprecedented court inquiry into the adequacy of an agreement under EPA's long-running enforcement initiative against the refining industry, according to sources tracking the issue.

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Environmentalists Challenge EPA Policy On Expired Water Discharge Permits

Environmentalists are asking a federal district court in Hawaii to overturn a long-standing EPA regulation that allows dischargers to continue operating under expired clean water permits if the discharger has applied to renew the permit.

A victory for environmentalists could pressure EPA and state regulators to resolve an existing backlog of renewal applications by dischargers that are operating under expired permits, an attorney involved with the case says, noting that some facilities have been operating for years under expired permits.

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Court Ruling May Limit Use Of Synthetic Chemicals By Organic Food Producers

A recent federal appellate ruling will limit the amount of synthetic chemicals that food producers can use to be labeled "organic" under regulations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to environmentalists.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled Jan. 26 in Arthur Harvey v. Veneman that several provisions of USDA's rules implementing the Organic Foods Protection Act (OFPA) exceed the department's authority.

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