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Earthjustice Vows To Sue EPA Over Power Plant Effluent Limits ‘Rollback’

Earthjustice is vowing to sue EPA over its final effluent limitations guidelines (ELG) for steam electric power plants, which is largely unchanged from the agency’s proposal and which environmentalists say is a major “rollback” of environmental protections established by the Obama administration.

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Federal district court judge denies injunction for Permian Pipeline

A federal judge in Texas says Sierra Club’s alleged harms from construction of the pipeline are either not redressable by the court or are too speculative to address now.

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Legislature’s Action May End Court Hold On New Hampshire PFAS Standards

New Hampshire’s environment department is asking a state court to lift a ban on enforcing the state’s landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) following the state legislature’s passage of identical standards in July and their enactment into law.

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Coalition of 21 states launches suit over Trump’s NEPA rule overhaul

The states’ lawsuit is the fourth legal challenge brought against the Trump administration’s broad overhaul of National Environmental Policy Act implementing rules.

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Corps Asks 9th Circuit To Undo Ruling On Keystone Pipeline ESA Violation

The Army Corps of Engineers is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to reverse a lower court ruling that found the Corps violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) when it allowed the use of a wetlands general permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing the lower court made several errors.

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Hurricane Laura Renews Concerns On Climate Change, Chemical Spills

Environmentalists fear Hurricane Laura is already leading to a repeat of the Gulf Coast chemical spills that resulted from 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, and they say those releases show the need to reconsider the hazard posed by industrial site spills in light of more-frequent severe storms caused by climate change.

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EPA poised to publish ‘Part A’ coal ash rule, starting clock for suits

Environmentalists have already vowed to sue over EPA’s latest coal ash rule, which sets new closure deadlines for many ash disposal sites including those that lack protective “composite” liners.

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Environmentalists Say EPA’s CWA 401 Rule Violates High Court Precedent

A coalition of six environmental groups is challenging a recently finalized EPA Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 permitting rule on the grounds that the regulation violates Supreme Court precedent by unlawfully limiting the scope of states’ water quality impact reviews under section 401.

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Water sector report urges significant boost for infrastructure investment

The nation risks a $2.9 trillion decline in the gross domestic product as well as billions of dollars of increased healthcare costs unless federal water infrastructure funding is increased, says the report.

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CEQ, Industry Argue Environmentalists Lack Standing In NEPA Lawsuit

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and major industry groups are arguing that environmentalists lack standing for their suit seeking a preliminary injunction of the council’s broad overhaul of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rules, urging a federal district court to dismiss the case.

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