A federal judge has reversed his earlier decision granting industry groups standing in their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenge to an administration decision to block new uranium mining on federal lands near the Grand Canyon, undermining a decision that industry lawyers hoped would ease their ability to challenge NEPA analyses.
A federal district court is backing EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) authority to “veto” mining disposal sites already authorized in Army Corps of Engineers permits, and is rejecting the mining industry's argument that the agency can only veto such permits in situations where it finds “substantial new information” to support the decision.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has upheld a California county's novel collection program for unwanted medication -- seen as a model for other states -- after rejecting industry arguments that a requirement for pharmaceutical manufacturers to fund the program violates the Constitution's Commerce Clause.
EPA is crafting an exemption to its “regional consistency” policy requiring uniform application of Clean Air Act requirements across all its regions that would exclude judicial rulings from the consistency policy, allowing EPA to limit the scope of adverse court decisions on its rules to only those states within the court's jurisdiction.
EPA's “building blocks” underpinning its proposed climate rule for existing power plants are prompting a clash between Pennsylvania industry groups and environmentalists.
The Supreme Court will consider whether to review EPA's tightening of the ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) at its Sept. 29 conference -- the first time in three months it will weigh hearing a new environmental case, and the start of a 2014 term that could also see decisions on “nuisance” suits over air pollution and EPA's power to revise its interpretations of rules.
The White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) is reviewing two long-pending EPA draft guidance documents for assessing and mitigating vapor intrusion from chlorinated solvents and petroleum hydrocarbons, signaling the agency may soon finalize policies that cleanup experts expect will be a "game changer" at contaminated sites due to likely increased cleanup liability.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is rejecting calls from environmental justice (EJ) advocates for the agency to assess the impacts of its proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for existing utilities on poor and minority communities, instead urging the advocates to embrace the proposal due to its widespread health benefits.
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