Propelled by contamination from a persistent perfluorinated chemical (PFC) found in drinking water in a New York community, EPA Region 2 officials are at the beginning stages of an effort to identify other locations with similar drinking water contamination, and will likely apply a non-enforceable health safety level more stringent than the agency’s existing short-term exposure advisory level of 400 parts per trillion (ppt), according to a regional official.
EPA is reiterating its attacks on the National Biodiesel Board's (NBB) suit challenging the agency's approval for Argentinian biodiesel imports to have access to the U.S. market under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), claiming NBB lacks legal standing to sue and that several aspects of their lawsuit are being pursued years too late.
State air regulators are offering EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy broad support for the agency's stalled greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants in the wake of the high court's stay, signaling that even regulators from coal states whose officials oppose the rule will continue discussions about the carbon-intensity of their power grids and suggesting that the delay may aid their eventual compliance.
House Natural Resources Committee ranking member Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) is planning a new environmental justice bill that could attempt to codify legal protections for equity communities, in response to the Flint, MI, drinking water crisis where critics allege state and federal regulators failed to protect low-income and minority residents.
EPA is pledging to continue working on implementation plans for its existing power plant greenhouse gas rule even though the Supreme Court has stayed the rule pending legal challenges.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is urging EPA to undertake Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation with the service over a pending update to the agency's 2001 ambient water quality criteria for cadmium, a call echoed by environmentalists and California officials, who argue the criteria are insufficiently protective of endangered species.
Inside EPA's Outlook 2016 is a comprehensive special report on legislation, litigation and agency rulemakings in the coming year on major air, water, waste, toxics and other policies.
President Obama will release his final budget proposal this week, pitching a fiscal year 2017 plan that includes a $10-a-barrel oil tax and a reported $8.27 billion budget for EPA. Meanwhile, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral argument in a suit by some states and ethanol groups challenging the validity of the agency's mobile source emissions model.
Legal experts say they expect to see far more greenhouse gas and climate change litigation pursued through common law and other non-Clean Air Act approaches after the Supreme Court issued a surprising stay of EPA's power plant climate rule before a lower court reviewed the merits of challenges to the rule.
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