Judge Likely To Order EPA To Update Dispersant Rule Per Agency Schedule

July 8, 2021
A federal district court judge in California appears to be agreeing with environmentalists’ claims that EPA failed to update its oil spill response regulations as required under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and administrative law while backing the agency’s proposed schedule for finalizing the update by 2023. Judge William H. Orrick said during a July 7 hearing in Alert Project/Earth Island Institute, et al. v. Michael Regan that he is leaning toward agreeing with environmentalists on their claims under...

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