EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) members' lingering concerns over whether EPA can incorporate environmental justice (EJ) as a factor in rulemakings, coupled with the departure of SAB's chairman, are delaying the finalization of recommendations EPA officials are waiting on to finalize long-pending guidance on addressing EJ in rules.
EPA is criticizing as too narrow a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review of the potential greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of a proposed natural gas pipeline, and the agency's criticisms could boost environmentalists' expected suit over FERC's approval of the pipeline project.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit has issued a precedent-setting split ruling that sets a test for when a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit can “shield” companies from citizen suit enforcement, expanding the scope of a 4th Circuit test on using the shield for individual CWA permits to broader general permits.
A biofuels manufacturer is pursuing a novel lawsuit claiming that EPA's announcement that it is delaying final 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) fuel production targets until 2015 effectively implements the contested proposed version of the 2014 RFS goals, which the company criticized for floating lower renewable fuel production targets.
Including provisions to protect vulnerable populations and allow state efforts at toxics regulation in a narrowed GOP Toxic Substances Control Act reform bill could help draw Democratic support.
The Army has told EPA the response actions it is taking under the Superfund law regarding vapor intrusion allegedly stemming from a former Georgia military base are equivalent to those mandated by EPA under a first-ever Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) order requiring mitigation of vapor intrusion, effectively skirting any commitment to directly comply with the order.
Inside EPA's Outlook 2015 is a comprehensive special report on the major policies EPA is developing this year through a wide range of climate, air, water, toxics and other rules.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit is set to hear arguments this week over EPA's controversial decision to allow Florida to go ahead with nutrient standards for waterbodies in the state that environmentalists claim are unlawfully weak and set a precedent for such rules nationwide. EPA meanwhile is hosting hearings in Washington, D.C., and Texas to receive public input on its proposal to tighten the ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS).
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