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Utilities Seek Role In Environmentalists' Suit Over EPA Ash Rule Changes

Utilities are asking a federal appeals court to let them intervene in environmentalist groups' suit over the Trump EPA's first round of revisions to the Obama-era coal ash disposal rule, in which the groups are alleging that the agency ignored its duty to avert harms to health and the environment when it extended compliance deadlines.

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EPA touts Mexican border truck anti-idling plan to cut emissions

In a new 'highlights' report, the agency is promoting the benefits of a joint U.S.-Mexico program to reduce truck air emissions on the border.

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Coal Ash Disposal Site Assessments Tee Up Next Legal Fight Over Closure

Environmentalists are eyeing the latest round of reports on coal ash disposal sites' compliance with EPA's rule for disposal of the waste to provide data for new legal fights seeking stringent environmental safeguards at facilities slated for closure, but those efforts face limits under regulatory deadline extensions in revisions to the 2015 standards.

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Justices reject case on environmental penalties for corporate officers

The Supreme Court has declined a petition that sought strict limits on when corporate officers face fines and other penalties for their personal conduct in a violation of environmental law.

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EPA updates Superfund emphasis list, adds new criteria

EPA's third revision to its list of Superfund sites to receive priority attention updates the criteria that the agency uses to consider sites for addition to the list.

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6th Circuit orders response to CWA groundwater suit rehearing bid

The appellate court's order could signal interest from at least some of its judges in rehearing the case that rejected CWA liability for groundwater-borne pollution.

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EPA Region 4 chief resigns after ethics law indictment

Trey Glenn was indicted this month on multiple counts of violating Alabama's ethics laws for his role, prior to joining the agency, in urging EPA to keep a contaminated site off the Superfund National Priorities List.

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Industry intervenors oppose environmentalists' suit over DSW rule

Industry groups claim the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit lacks jurisdiction to hear environmentalists' suit over EPA's definition of solid waste rule.

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In Rebuke Of Lawsuit, EPA Defends Decision To Drop CERCLA Mining Rule

The Justice Department (DOJ) is defending EPA's decision to abandon a draft rule that would have established first-of-its kind Superfund financial assurance requirements for hardrock mining, arguing the decision deserves judicial deference and that the agency considered environmental and other risks when it reevaluated the record to decide against a rule.

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District Court Boosts Industry Claim Of 'Split' On CWA Groundwater Liability

A new federal district court ruling could bolster industry groups who claim there is a court “split” that the Supreme Court must resolve on whether the Clean Water Act (CWA) applies to groundwater pollution that reaches surface waters, because the decision sides with industry claims that a 1994 appellate decision bars liability for such pollution.

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