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EPA is on the cusp of proposing a new rule that will likely tighten national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5), sources say, a measure that will float tougher annual and possibly daily limits for the pollutant which are expected to drive tougher regulatory standards in many parts of the country.

From Climate Extra

Progressive Democratic lawmakers are expressing confidence that they can block any effort by Democratic leadership to attach an energy project permit streamlining plan to must-pass defense policy legislation, adding that they and environmental justice (EJ) advocates will continue opposing similar measures should they come up in the new Congress.

From Inside PFAS Policy

EPA has issued new guidance that generally urges states to include site-specific technology-based effluent limits to address PFAS in Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permits, while also saying the permits should contain water quality-based limits if necessary to attain state standards.

California hydropower operators are preparing to ask the Supreme Court to reverse an appellate ruling that rejected their attempt to broadly apply a landmark Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 decision limiting state water quality reviews.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral argument Dec. 7 in litigation brought by Texas and a Colorado county against EPA’s wider determinations of “nonattainment” with federal ozone limits for El Paso and Denver, with Texas alleging EPA’s decision is “retroactive” and therefore unlawful.

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