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Monthly Archives: February 2016
The Sixth Circuit ruled today, in In re: Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense, Final Rule: Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States,” case number 15-3751, that it has jurisdiction to hear challenges to the Clean Water Rule, displacing the District Courts. The actions were transferred to and consolidated in the Sixth Circuit by the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation. Eight motions to dismiss have been […]
EPA’s Approval of California’s New Trash Control Policy A Key Step Towards Goal of Zero Trash in State Waters
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced it has approved the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) new water quality standards for trash in state waters. The standards are part of California’s new Trash Control Policy, designed to keep trash out of streams, lakes, bays, estuaries, coastal, and ocean waters. EPA’s approval puts into effect amendments to the state’s Water Quality Control Plan for the Ocean Waters of California, […]
U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, overruling the D.C. Circuit’s January 21 decision. As a result, EPA is now prevented from implementing the rule until the D.C. Circuit determines the validity of the rule, and the Supreme Court reviews that ruling. The question now before the D.C. Circuit (and to be before the Supreme Court upon review) is whether EPA has the authority […]