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EPA's top political appointee in the enforcement office says states will play a major role in a looming potential overhaul of the agency's enforcement priorities in order to help identify and scrap goals that are outdated or already achieved, while floating possible new target areas for enforcement such as drinking water contamination.

Environmentalists are faulting draft legislation backed by the pesticide industry that would limit EPA's reviews of pesticides' harms to endangered species, while the Trump administration urges a federal court to delay by two years a deadline for completing the first reviews under an Obama-era process that industry is aiming to scrap.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is defending his rollbacks of Obama-era policies as “clarification” not deregulation, pledging that the agency will take its first step toward replacing its greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants “very, very soon,” and vowing to move quickly on repealing the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule.

Pennsylvania environment regulators and public health groups are faulting EPA's omission of climate change from its recent draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-2022, calling it a “glaring oversight” that shirks the agency's responsibility to help tackle a global challenge and will harm efforts to achieve the plan's other goals.