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A bipartisan pair of House lawmakers has reintroduced comprehensive, bipartisan legislation that would mandate EPA to develop waste and water regulations for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), eyeing potentially improved prospects for the bill under the Biden administration and Democratic-controlled Congress.

Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is seeking review by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit of a three-judge D.C. Circuit panel ruling that vacated a key easement for the pipeline and requires the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a detailed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis for the project.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit at April 13 oral argument doubted the legality of the Trump EPA’s waiver allowing year-round sales of previously restricted 15-percent ethanol fuel (E15), faulting the agency’s revised interpretation of its Clean Air Act authority to justify the decision.

From Climate Extra

Multiple environmental and industry groups are urging EPA to ban the use of select climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in various air conditioning and refrigeration applications, marking the first use of such petition authority under a new statute Congress authorized late last year.

President Joe Biden’s fiscal year 2022 budget proposal includes what the administration says is the largest-ever funding request for environmental justice (EJ) efforts at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and EPA, including $5 million extra for DOJ to tackle equity through enforcement and funding hikes for many EJ programs at EPA.