States are calling for clarity on how to implement EPA's draft water quality criteria for selenium that relies partially on fish-tissue concentrations for assessing adverse effects to aquatic life, suggesting that monitoring costs could strain already tight state budgets, even as two states are pursuing studies that could address some of the concerns.
Environmentalists say a new EPA analysis that finds negligible benefits for soybean production from the use of controversial neonicotinoid pesticides could boost calls for prohibition of the substances that advocates blame for harming pollinators, though the agency cautions that the study is only part of an ongoing review of neonicotinoids.
EPA has made a preliminary determination that drinking water regulation is necessary for the chemical strontium -- only the second time it has issued such a finding since 1996 -- but says no rules are necessary for four other drinking water contaminants, while punting for now on whether regulation is necessary for two other substances.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is poised to hear arguments this week in litigation over EPA's approach to designating areas as either attaining or in nonattainment with its ozone ambient air quality standard, and a separate legal bid to force new toxics rules for lead bullets. Briefs are also due this week in suits over EPA's greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting program and the agency's recently finalized Clean Water Act (CWA) rule for cooling water structures.
A Republican lawmaker says there are lingering questions over the health risks posed by medical waste from facilities treating patients with the Ebola virus, echoing calls from the wastewater industry for guidance from EPA and disease control professionals on the risks faced by wastewater workers near the healthcare facilities.
EPA's proposed rule addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from modified power plants is prompting criticism from utility sector officials and others.
A federal appeals court has voided the North Carolina legislature's attempt to retroactively allow plaintiffs in a high-profile toxic tort suit to seek damages from the federal government, rejecting arguments that a state law change related to contaminated groundwater exposures clarifies when such cases may be brought.
EPA's first ever Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) permits for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) injections, which the agency issued last month for the planned FutureGen power plant, are drawing an early legal challenge from local landowners who charge that monitoring and financial assurance requirements are inadequate to protect drinking water.
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