States and advocacy groups supporting EPA's utility air toxics rule are urging the Supreme Court against taking a case asking the justices to review whether an appellate court erred by leaving the rule in place even after the high court faulted EPA's process for crafting the rule, saying the case is moot and does not warrant the justices' review.
EPA and environmentalists are ramping up their push for judges to transfer to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit litigation over the agency's haze air plan for Texas, while the state and utilities want the case heard in the 5th Circuit -- a fight over court venue seen as a test for the future of the haze program.
California air board officials are renewing their prior pledge to adopt greenhouse gas emission standards for medium-duty vocational vehicles that are stricter than the measures EPA plans to include in its upcoming truck rule, a move that could put new pressure on the agency to drop a potential plan to exempt scores of the vehicles from strict requirements.
Attorneys for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and the City of Flint are urging a federal district court to deny multiple motions to consolidate class action tort suits and other litigation over the lead contamination crisis in the city, reiterating prior arguments that the plaintiffs lack subject matter jurisdiction and their claims are precluded by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
The White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) has deferred to EPA in a high-level dispute between EPA and the Army over what cleanup standards to apply to perchlorate in groundwater at a Texas site and the extent of EPA's authority to assess stipulated penalties against the military for insufficient documents under an agreement governing the site's cleanup.
EPA will respond this week to petitions urging the Supreme Court to review an appellate decision that left the agency's utility maximum achievable control technology (MACT) air rule in place while EPA crafted a cost assessment of the rule.
COLLEGE PARK, MD -- Air and environment regulators for several Northeast states say they face challenges in meeting their ambitious, state-level greenhouse gas goals for mid-century, suggesting they will have to look to upcoming federal requirements, stronger regional partnerships and local legislative action in order to meet their targets.
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