A federal district court has granted a request from 13 states to immediately block EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing their Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule on its planned effective date of Aug. 28, highlighting a fight over whether federal district courts or appellate courts should hear suits over the rule.
EPA is fighting environmentalists' bid for a federal appeals court to rehear its recent unpublished ruling that upheld the agency’s non-hazardous secondary materials (NHSM) waste definition rule, arguing that advocates failed to prove that the court's decision was at odds with prior legal precedent and that the court should reject the request.
Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) members will use their upcoming fall meeting to debate options for furthering cutting oil and gas sector emissions beyond the reductions expected from EPA's recently proposed air and climate rules for the industry, as well as debating a host of other controversial policies at the event.
Wastewater groups are urging EPA to better justify the need for developing water quality criteria based on indicators of viral phathogens, saying current scientific knowledge appears insufficient to support such criteria and that an agency literature review failed to demonstrate the viral indicators perform better than bacterial indicators in preventing illness.
Highlighting a fight over which courts have authority to hear litigation challenging EPA's Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule, a federal district court has blocked the rule's implementation:
California industries are urging EPA and White House officials to assess the costs and benefits of EPA Region 9's guidance for protecting against cardiac birth defects from exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE), arguing the policy is based on uncertain science, primarily targets Silicon Valley businesses, and will cost companies millions of dollars.
EPA is hosting a two-day event to review science on nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur oxides (SOx) to inform its review of its “secondary” ambient air standards for the pollutants designed to protect the environment. Meanwhile, the agency is holding its annual drinking water workshop, which will include discussions on methods to counter toxic algal blooms -- weeks after Congress approved legislation requiring a new federal effort to address the phenomenon.
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