House Republicans have released several Army Corps of Engineers memos circulated during the development of the Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule jointly developed with EPA where the Corps faults the legal and scientific basis for the then-pending rule, potentially boosting pending lawsuits that claim the rule is unlawful.
EPA Push To Ease CWA Rule Implementation Fails To Quell Calls For Delay
A Western electric utility is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to impose an emergency suspension of an acid gas emissions limit in EPA's remanded utility air toxics rule, citing lingering doubts over the fate of the rule following a Supreme Court ruling faulting EPA's initial justification for the rule.
In addition to delaying the start of the “interim” compliance period for its final greenhouse gas (GHG) rule for existing power plants, EPA appears likely to include several early compliance periods in the rule, an effort intended to provide a smoother glide path to final compliance in 2030 and greater certainty that GHG cuts will occur in the program's early years, sources say.
EPA is expected to release its greenhouse gas existing source performance standards (ESPS) for power plants as early as Aug. 3 and the White House is vowing to strongly defend the rule.
EPA's just-released draft cumulative risk assessment framework for screening pesticides maintains the agency's past approach of grouping substances based on their similarities, avoiding a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) call to shift to a prioritization scheme based on chemicals' health outcomes, according to a former EPA official.
Industry groups are applauding EPA’s decision to release planning and scoping documents for its ongoing assessment of the health risks of exposure to 1,4-dioxane under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), but are urging the agency to make the work plan risk analyses more comprehensive and allow more opportunities for public comment.
Comments are due this week on EPA's controversial proposed multi-year renewable fuel standard (RFS), which has already drawn criticism from the oil sector, environmentalists, and renewable fuel advocates.
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