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CBD files revised deadline suit over states’ oil and gas ozone plans

Environmentalists’ suit seeks to force faster action by EPA and states to curb ozone emissions from the oil and gas industry.

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Environmentalists Urge EPA To Reject Montana’s Nutrient Water Standards

Environmentalists in Montana are petitioning EPA to step in and set numeric water quality standards for the state after Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) enacted a new law eliminating Montana’s previous numeric standards in favor of narrative standards, with environmentalists arguing the state law violates the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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EPA signs final action repealing Trump-era science rule

EPA’s final action repealing the Trump-era rule limiting its use of scientific studies will take effect immediately upon publication in the Federal Register.

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Environmentalists Urge Court To Undo Florida’s CWA 404 Permit Program

Environmentalists are urging a federal district court to find that EPA violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it allowed Florida to assume Clean Water Act (CWA) section 404 permitting authority, arguing the agency erred in setting an immediate effective date for the approval and by failing to codify the state program.

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CBD Asks Court To Reverse EPA Approval Of Florida CWA Permit Program

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) is urging a federal district court to find that EPA violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it allowed Florida to assume Clean Water Act (CWA) section 404 permitting authority, arguing the agency erred in setting an immediate effective date for the approval and by failing to codify the state program.

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Judge rejects linking ‘legacy’ asbestos suit to CDR litigation

The federal district judge hearing who ordered EPA to add asbestos to the Chemical Data Reporting program rejected a request to link that case with a new suit over the TSCA evaluation of its legacy uses.

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Judge Denies Bid To Block DAPL From Operating During NEPA Review

A federal district judge is denying a request by environmental groups and tribes to grant an injunction shutting down the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts a rigorous environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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Environmentalists renew push to vacate Trump WOTUS rule

In a case pending in federal district court in South Carolina, environmental groups are seeking the vacatur of the Trump administration’s definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS).

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EPA Reiterates ‘Enforcement First’ In Early Superfund Investigative Work

EPA’s enforcement office is reinforcing the need to conserve appropriated agency funds for Superfund, reminding regional offices to uniformly take an “enforcement first” approach early in cleanups when conducting investigations, and to consult with headquarters when EPA’s payment for such work exceeds $2 million.

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Food & Water Watch sues EPA over lack of CAFO effluent limits

Food & Water Watch is suing EPA over the agency’s decision earlier this year that revision of technology-based effluent limits for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) is unnecessary at this time.

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