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EPA Retains 'Affirmative Defense' In Consent Decree Despite SSM 'SIP Call'

EPA in a proposed consent decree over a utility's alleged Clean Air Act violations includes an "affirmative defense" that will shield the company from civil liability for air law violations due to certain malfunctions, seemingly at odds with the intent of the agency's recent rule forcing states to remove affirmative defense provisions from their air quality plans.

For Now, Supreme Court's Mercury Ruling Preserves Challenges To ESPS

The Supreme Court's ruling remanding EPA's mercury rule for power plants to a lower court appears to have preserved -- for now -- critics' argument that the agency lacks threshold Clean Air Act authority to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at existing power plants -- though some observers say that could change depending on how the lower court addresses the litigation.
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White House Praises TSCA Push But Questions Industry Chemical Reviews

The White House is praising Congress' bipartisan push to advance Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform bills and hopes to see “strong” final legislation that President Obama can sign, but the administration is questioning a House plan for industry to request chemical safety reviews that could overtake EPA's review priorities.
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EPA Slates Vanadium IRIS Assessment For Release, Advances Other Studies

Advocates Oppose Industry Push To Weaken EPA Biotech Resistance Plan

In Novel Suit, Advocates Challenge Use Of SDWA Standards In CWA Criteria

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