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EPA is making “key revisions” to its methods for projecting interstate air pollution from power plants and the oil and gas sector under its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading framework, but several Southern states are criticizing the overall framework as inappropriate for mitigating cross-state air pollution.

Environmentalists and seven states are asking the Supreme Court to take up their challenge to EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) rule that exempts water transfers from permit requirements, saying an appellate court's decision to uphold the Bush-era rule contradicts the law's plain text and breaks with the justices' past rulings.

Utilities are warning that a district court ruling subjecting coal ash disposal sites to Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permits for leaks into groundwater could subvert EPA's Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) rule governing ash disposal, an outcome they say could throw states' waste programs into “disarray.”

A federal district court judge has issued a novel ruling extending to Utah the deference that courts often give EPA on interpreting the Clean Air Act, potentially setting a new more-expansive marker on the authority that judges could give states as EPA increasingly seeks to delegate implementation of environmental laws to states.