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The Sierra Club Oct. 19 filed a suit alleging that EPA has failed to conduct required environmental impact and air quality reviews for its Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS), litigation that will likely mark the first of many tests for Administrator Scott Pruitt's new policy limiting the use of settlements in such cases.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says the agency does not plan to take comment on the Obama administration's greenhouse gas endangerment finding as part of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) for how to replace the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a move likely to disappoint conservatives who have sought an assault on the finding to forestall any future GHG rules.

In what appears to be one of the Trump EPA's first litigation rehearing requests, the agency is asking a federal appeals court to clarify its vacatur of one of the four criteria used in an Obama-era solid waste rule to determine if recycling of hazardous materials is legitimate, asking the court to allow EPA to use a Bush-era rule's version of the factor.

The Trump EPA has removed references to “climate change” from an agency webpage that previously offered resources to state and local governments regarding climate adaptation, renewable energy and energy efficiency, with the new site geared only to “energy resources.”