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David Schnare, the former EPA transition official who wrote this article, left the agency earlier this year over concerns about infighting among administration appointees and Administrator Scott Pruitt's alleged lack of engagement. In it, his first since departing the agency, he discusses his reasons for leaving and his views on EPA's upcoming climate science review. The views expressed here are his.

A former Trump EPA transition team official is taking issue with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's plans to conduct a “red team, blue team” debate of climate change science, arguing the approach would politicize the issue, is outside of EPA's authority and would result in too shallow of a critique of mainstream findings that human-released greenhouse gases are the primary cause of global warming.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is endorsing 42 recommendations from an agency task force for a sweeping overhaul of the Superfund program that would rely heavily on the novel use of third-party investments in cleanups and seek to accelerate site projects with incentives such as reducing oversight costs charged to responsible parties.

A coalition of Democratic-led states is defending its legal standing to intervene in litigation to defend the Obama EPA's stricter ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS), saying the states face harm if an appellate court vacates the standard and rejecting the Trump administration's claim that they face a strict test to win a role in the suit.

The appellate ruling rejecting EPA's plan to forgo interagency review of new pesticides' risks to endangered species is spurring debate over whether it could trigger revisions to the agency's review policies, with an environmentalist saying it boosts their push for more-efficient reviews but an industry source says the ruling's overall effect is limited.

A California farm whose suit over its alleged Clean Water Act (CWA) violations tests a host of legal questions on CWA jurisdiction and agriculture exemptions is mounting a new argument that the Army Corps of Engineers lacks the power to bring enforcement actions over CWA violations unless they involve a Corps-issued permit.