5th Circ. Stay Saves EPA From Nutrient Rulemaking Order

Law360, New York (March 18, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday secured a last-minute stay from the Fifth Circuit allowing the agency to avoid issuing a formal response to a six-year-old petition demanding federal water standards for nitrogen and phosphorous pollution that cause massive algae buildups.

The three-judge panel ordered the stay without explanation only two days before the EPA would have had to address the petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and several other environmental groups calling for the agency to establish quantifiable standards and...
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