BALTIMORE -- A former top Bush White House official is suggesting lawmakers crafting Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation include provisions giving industry power to develop chemical risk assessments that EPA would use as the basis for regulation, but Democrats and environmentalists say they would oppose any such plan.
Democratic and Republican senators are opposing EPA's proposed fiscal year 2016 budget cuts to major accounts including its clean water state revolving fund (SRF) and at least one GOP senator is calling for maintaining existing overall agency funding levels, setting up a clash with the House that is seeking to cut EPA's budget.
Coal industry groups are urging the Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court's decision that limited a Clean Water Act (CWA) “shield” against legal liability under a general permit for stormwater, arguing the ruling conflicts with another appellate decision and sets a precedent that would undermine certainty for dischargers and regulators alike.
EPA is said to be having increasing doubts about whether it can legally justify a carbon capture and sequestration mandate in its pending climate rule for new power plants.
EPA has sent for White House pre-publication review its long-awaited finding on whether aircraft greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions endanger public health and welfare, with environmentalists seeking an affirmative endangerment finding that would trigger a Clean Air Act mandate for the agency to write GHG rules for aircraft.
House lawmakers opposed to EPA's planned Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule will hold a hearing this week to scrutinize the rule's potential impacts on rural communities. Meanwhile, industry groups, environmentalists and EPA are all poised to file their final briefs in litigation challenging the agency's air rule for commercial and industrial solid waste incinerators (CISWI).
EPA plans to finalize the administration's controversial rule to define the Clean Water Act's (CWA) scope this year, according to agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, despite concerns from critics that potential changes the agency is said to be considering to the rule are so major that they warrant re-proposing the entire regulation.
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