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A district court ruling vacating the Trump administration's attempt to pause Obama-era Department of Education rules regarding predatory lenders could help supporters of strong environmental standards oppose similar Trump EPA efforts to keep those rules from taking effect.

Three GOP-led states are asking a federal district court to scrap the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule due to a lack of “clear” authorization from Congress for the policy, a claim that echoes Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's preferred test for reviewing major agency rules and could bolster their suit if it reaches the high court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has broadly rejected three challenges to EPA's designations for which areas are attaining or violating the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) air standard, defending the agency's discretion on technical issues and faulting suits from environmentalists and a Kansas utility on procedural grounds.

Environmentalists are claiming that EPA has misled the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) and mishandled a contentious utility's Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permit in order to avoid settling a separate case over the same facility's permit, saying the agency is prioritizing its attempt to avoid “sue-and-settle” cases over CWA compliance.