A federal appellate court has ordered EPA to update its schedule for issuing Superfund financial assurance rules for the hardrock mining industry, saying the agency should expedite the rules “to the greatest possible extent,” after Congress required the agency more than 30 years ago to identify classes of facilities needing such rules.
EPA's top transportation air quality official is renewing his call for developing a "long-term fuels strategy" for conventional and renewable fuels that would ease marketplace entry for alternatives to gasoline and diesel, expanding the future of fuels policy far beyond contentious fights over the agency's renewable fuel standard (RFS).
A proposed settlement between environmentalists and Washington state dairy farms subjecting manure to Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) solid waste mandates is part of a "mosaic" of law that could boost suits seeking to apply RCRA to manure, sources say, despite the pact averting any precedential court ruling on the issue.
On the eve of EPA's imminent release of its controversial final rule to define Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction, observers say the agency appears to be taking steps to clarify key regulatory definitions of concern including clarifying how to define “tributaries” and expanding protections for certain features such as prairie potholes.
As the agency prepares to finalize its Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, EPA has been grappling with major regulatory definitions, including “significant” connections between waters.
The House Energy & Commerce Committee's environment panel has voted unanimously to advance a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform bill, though some lawmakers and advocates say policy questions linger including the scope of EPA's chemical reporting authority and the extent the agency could consider costs in regulating substances.
Two Senate committees are poised to consider legislation this week that would block EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers' pending joint final rule defining the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA), and require the agencies to craft a new version of the policy. Meanwhile, comments are due this week on EPA's rule outlining how states should implement its 2012 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS).
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