Alabama's attorney general is arguing that EPA exceeded its legal authority by considering air emissions and environmental justice concerns in its proposal to place a Birmingham, AL, site on the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) and is urging EPA to scrap the plan, posing a test for how the agency crafts its listing decisions.
Low gasoline prices are unlikely to have any major impact on EPA's long-term planning for its vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) rules for light-duty cars and heavy-duty trucks, agency officials say, as short-term fluctuations in gas prices are unlikely to justify either additional compliance flexibility for existing rules or affect future rules.
EPA plans to revise its deadline for states to submit air quality compliance plans for its regional haze emissions reduction program and craft additional guidance to ease implementation of the program, prompting support from states that have struggled to meet existing deadlines but concern from advocates about possible delays to pollution cuts.
Environmentalists are urging EPA to reverse its recent decision to scrap a planned Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent limitation guideline (ELG) and revive the rulemaking effort, arguing in a recent meeting with agency and White House officials that coalbed methane (CBM) effluent discharges are creating major harm to waterbodies that justifies an ELG.
Despite objections from the chemical sector, EPA is weighing use of its Toxic Substances Control Act authority to restrict uses of the widely used solvent trichloroethylene.
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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