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EPA’s proposal to scrap the Obama-era finding that its power plant air toxics rule was “appropriate and necessary” while leaving the overall rule in place is spurring debate over expected legal challenges to the plan, suits that could set new precedents on issues including “co-benefit” cost-benefit analysis and the fate of the utility regulation.

California wastewater groups will ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to block the state from using a contentious Clean Water Act (CWA) test method to measure compliance with facilities’ discharge permits, potentially teeing up a precedential decision on utilities’ claim that the method falls short of regulatory standards.

States challenging EPA’s delay in implementing methane standards for existing landfills are bolstering their arguments for why they have standing to sue after the agency launched a broad challenge to their standing that sought to differentiate the challenge from the landmark Supreme Court ruling granting states “special solicitude” in climate suits.

The Air Force is urging a federal judge to reject calls from New Mexico officials to remove its challenge to a waste permit governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to a state court, an effort aimed at preserving a suit that could become a test case on federal agencies' attempts to limit state regulation of PFAS in the absence of EPA standards.