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A judge is allowing environmentalists to continue their long-running suit seeking to force EPA to consult with wildlife regulators on risks of dozens of pesticides to endangered species, but the plaintiffs may face new complications, including a requirement to seek vacatur of the products' registrations because EPA's bar on settlements may preclude a deal on the review deadlines the group is seeking.

EPA has announced it will approve Oklahoma's application for delegated authority to administer a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) coal ash permit program, making the Sooner State the first to take advantage of a 2016 law allowing disposal permits for ash -- though environmentalists are likely to challenge the decision in court.

California regulators and a tax-sale property buyer are at odds over whether a federal appeals court should reconsider its precedent-setting ruling that blocked the property buyer from using the Superfund law's third-party defense as a shield against liability, which the buyer says will leave local taxing authorities "stuck" with contaminated properties.

Environmentalists and oil industry groups are sparring over EPA's proposed revisions to its Clean Air Act “major source” rules for the refining sector, clashing over the agency's acceptance of air emissions from pressure relief devices (PRDs), its requirements for fenceline monitoring of toxics emissions, and several other issues.