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Drinking water utilities are pressing White House and EPA officials to ensure pending Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent limits for power plants contain stringent controls on discharges of bromide, a chemical which can increase the creation of carcinogenic compounds in treated drinking water.

The Sierra Club is seeking to avoid a fight with the Justice Department (DOJ) over the scope of relief that can be negotiated in citizen enforcement suits, urging a federal court to either enter its agreement in a Clean Air Act suit over DOJ’s objections or to dismiss the group’s motion to enter the pact and allow it to proceed as a private settlement.

As legal experts are debating the implications of a major court ruling upending the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) use of “tolling orders” to delay administration rehearing of gas infrastructure approvals, the commission secured more time to decide whether to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

The Defense Department (DOD) is defending its decision to use a categorical exclusion from environmental review requirements for a contract to dispose of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) through incineration, disputing environmentalists’ lawsuit citing extra-record material and trying to apply defense law limits on such burning.

Major industry trade associations are sparring with state attorneys general (AGs) and others who favor strict EPA rules over the agency’s planned overhaul of cost-benefit reviews for Clean Air Act policies, in particular a fight over the weight EPA should give to “co-benefits” of reduced pollution not directly targeted by a rule.

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