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D.C. Circuit Boosts EPA’s Policy On Limited Review Of Title V Air Permits

A federal appeals court has dismissed environmentalists’ suit over an EPA policy shift that bars the agency from “second-guessing” states’ Clean Air Act Title V permit decisions, boosting the policy in the short-term although the court rejected the suit on procedural grounds so a future lawsuit could still challenge the policy’s merits.

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EPA Drops Appeal Of Stormwater Suit, Teeing Up Expansion Of Permits

EPA has quietly withdrawn its appeal of a federal district court’s order that backed environmentalists’ petition to expand the universe of facilities subject to Clean Water Act (CWA) stormwater discharge permits, signaling that it will move to comply with the order though officials have made no formal statement on how they plan to proceed.

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IG Investigates EPA Region 5 Mine Review Seen As Test For Faster Permits

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is investigating complaints that Trump administration officials suppressed Region 5 staff’s critical comments on Minnesota regulators’ draft Clean Water Act (CWA) permit for a controversial mine, escalating a dispute that is seen as a major test case for the agency’s efforts to accelerate permitting.

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FERC Faces Growing Pressure To Review Gas Pipelines’ GHG Impacts

Federal energy regulators are under increasing pressure to conduct broad greenhouse gas and climate reviews when approving natural gas infrastructure, with a recent appellate court ruling rejecting many of the officials’ arguments for sidestepping such analysis even though the court upheld a pair of permit approvals on procedural grounds.

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Clock starts for suit over EPA’s EPCRA waiver for AFO air reporting

Environmental groups have long opposed exempting animal feeding operations from federal emissions reporting mandates and are expected to file suit over the agency’s final waiver.

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Judges Appear To Back EPA’s Narrow Stance On Title V Permit Reviews

Judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit appear to be leaning toward EPA’s view that the agency should not “second guess” states’ decisions on underlying requirements included in Clean Air Act Title V air operating permits, in the second lawsuit to test the Trump administration’s change of policy on such agency review.

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TVA Agrees To Excavate Contested Ash Site Despite Court Victory

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has agreed to excavate coal ash from a leaking waste impoundment that was at the center of both a closely watched Clean Water Act (CWA) citizen suit and a state enforcement action, handing environmentalists a win on the issue even after a federal appeals court rejected their CWA claims.

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Oklahoma appeals suit seeking to block CWA jurisdiction rule

Oklahoma and a range of industry groups will ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit to block enforcement of the Obama-era jurisdiction rule in the Sooner State.

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Judge sends Baltimore climate nuisance suit to state court

The litigation deals a blow to oil industry efforts to halt the spate of climate nuisance suits around the country, and it tees up an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

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HSIA details issues in suit over EPA’s methylene chloride ban

A chemical industry group is detailing the issues it wants a federal appellate court to address as it weighs its challenge to EPA’s ban on consumer uses of methylene chloride in paint strippers.

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