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Conservatives usually allied with the Trump administration are considering filing a data quality petition to force officials to withdraw or correct their recently released National Climate Assessment (NCA), charging it is flawed, undercuts the president's pledges to reexamine climate science and will drive suits to force regulatory action.

Trump administration talking points on the imminent Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule suggest EPA will pursue what an environmentalist attorney calls a “combo” of two competing Supreme Court tests for determining the law's scope, drawing on both to produce a jurisdiction standard potentially even narrower than expected.

EPA's final rule to “close-out” the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program offers a broad defense of the agency's policy on reducing interstate air pollution that could help it defend the close-out rule from legal attacks, and that it might also use in ongoing suits aiming to force stricter EPA rules on the pollution.

EPA and Canadian regulators are rejecting a push from the chemical industry and other sectors to align regulatory decisions on pesticides and other toxic chemicals, citing conflicting statutory directives and strict time lines for decision-making under the countries' governing statutes such as the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).