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Dan Esty, a former EPA official and head of Connecticut’s environment department, says the COVID-19 and state environmental departments’ response to the pandemic can be a guide for how states and others might address future crises including climate change through clear communication and not ignoring threats “you can’t see.”

A federal appellate court is limiting contribution costs that a potentially responsible party (PRP) can recover from another liable party at a Superfund site, ruling a plaintiff cannot bring a contribution claim seeking “speculative, potential future response costs.”

Three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit appear to be leaning toward Sierra Club’s position that EPA cannot lawfully allow ‘interprecursor’ emissions trading by states to attain federal air quality standards, an issue that is key to California’s efforts to curb persistently high ozone levels.

House Democrats are readying votes on amendments to a broad energy bill including plans for new climate and environmental justice grant programs, but the White House is already threatening to veto the measure due to objections over several provisions including a plan to phase out potent hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral argument Nov. 4 in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ appeal of a lower court ruling vacating its approval of a key easement allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to cross under a Missouri River tributary, one day after the Nov. 3 presidential election.

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