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30 April 2018
A coalition of environmental groups recently petitioned the Fifth Circuit for review of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) renewal of the general permit for wastewater discharges from offshore oil platforms in the western Gulf of Mexico. The group contended that the EPA had failed to consider the potential harm to marine wildlife from chemicals in oil and gas wastewater and that it should have undertaken formal consultation under the Endangered Species Act. The groups are petitioning the court to enjoin use of the general permit until the EPA has performed an additional environmental review of the potential effects.
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