EPA's Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is urging the agency's congressional affairs office to stop forwarding lawmakers' correspondence regarding pending administrative cases to ALJs because the ex parte communications may be unlawful and could jeopardize the proceedings' impartiality and private parties' right to a fair hearing.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is praising existing state greenhouse gas (GHG) programs as models for the agency's upcoming rule for existing power plants.>> More
New calls from the Northeast states' Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) for EPA to treat its power plant rules as a benchmark for other states highlights the balancing act the agency faces as it works to account for states with widely divergent power sector portfolios and emissions profiles in its upcoming rule governing greenhouse gases (GHGs) at existing plants.
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EPA will face an early test of its proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) rules for new power plants when its science advisors meet to consider whether the proposal's mandate for carbon capture technology at coal-fired power plants is based on adequately peer reviewed data. The Obama administration's recently released unified agenda is sparking criticism of some priority EPA efforts.>> More
A company allegedly responsible for contaminating drinking water wells in a North Carolina community is urging the Supreme Court to overturn an appellate ruling that found the Superfund law broadly preempts state limits on when plaintiffs can bring toxic tort claims, arguing the ruling deepened a split in lower courts and raises federalism questions.
A new EPA report shows climate change could increase phosphorus loads in Vermont's Lake Champlain by an average of 30 percent under six future scenarios, a potentially significant finding for EPA's pending development of a revised cleanup plan for the lake that would be the first in the nation to address climate impacts.
Two major EPA power plant sector rules are set for major legal tests at separate oral arguments Dec. 10, with the Supreme Court poised to hear the agency's appeal of a ruling that scrapped its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) and a federal appeals court panel hearing industry and states' challenge to EPA's utility air toxics rule.
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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is vowing a major overhaul of long-time agency practices, as well as an intensive new effort to prioritize current spending, in order to respond to additional cuts to the agency's budget.
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A new report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is warning of the dangers posed by the most pressing climate change impacts, what it terms 'abrupt' climate events, and calls for more monitoring of . . .
A new Resources for the Future (RFF) study says the rapid development of unconventional energy sources such as shale gas and tar sands oil could increase water quality concerns compared to conventional fuel sources, and . . .
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy's assurance Dec. 2 that the agency's pending climate utility new source performance standard (NSPS) for existing power plants will give states significant flexibility in crafting compliance plans prompted a boost in . . .
Biofuel groups are claiming that EPA exceeded its statutory authority with its recent proposal to lower fuel producers' total biofuel blending obligations under the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS), detailing arguments the sector might raise . . .