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The appellate ruling rejecting EPA's plan to forgo interagency review of new pesticides' risks to endangered species is spurring debate over whether it could trigger revisions to the agency's review policies, with an environmentalist saying it boosts their push for more-efficient reviews but an industry source says the ruling's overall effect is limited.

A consumer group is offering a preview of some of the arguments supporters of vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards will use to resist planned rollbacks of combined EPA and Department of Transportation (DOT) rules, submitting formal comments to DOT's deregulatory “reform” docket that tout the rules' economic benefits and the ability of automakers to comply with them.

A California farm whose suit over its alleged Clean Water Act (CWA) violations tests a host of legal questions on CWA jurisdiction and agriculture exemptions is mounting a new argument that the Army Corps of Engineers lacks the power to bring enforcement actions over CWA violations unless they involve a Corps-issued permit.

Producers of advanced and cellulosic biofuels, along with others, are looking to EPA's forthcoming “reset” of renewable fuel standard (RFS) statutory fuel volumes as an opportunity to significantly improve the program, amid substantial uncertainty over the future of advanced biofuels.