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EPA's Legal Justification For Modified Power Plant GHG Rule Questioned

EPA is facing doubts over whether its plan for limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at coal-fired power plants that undergo major modifications can serve as a "legal backstop" for its GHG regulatory program if its separate proposal for new plants falls to legal challenges.

The Insider

ESPS 'Safety Valve' Sought

Regional transmission organizations are likely to urge EPA to add a "safety valve" to the proposed existing plants greenhouse gas rule in order to protect electric reliability and energy costs.

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The Week Ahead

Lawmakers Weigh ESPS, Water Infrastructure; CSAPR Suit Nears Deadline

The Senate environment panel is set to consider EPA's newly proposed greenhouse gas rules for existing power plants. In the House, lawmakers will consider EPA's framework for integrating Clean Water Act permits for stormwater and wastewater. And industry and states are set to submit new arguments on whether courts should allow EPA to set a new timetable for implementing its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR).

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Climate Policy Watch

Despite High Court GHG Ruling, Some States May Keep Tailoring Rule Limits

Despite the Supreme Court's recent ruling scrapping the basis for EPA's "tailoring" rule -- which set permit thresholds for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions -- some states may retain the rule's limits in their EPA-approved state implementation plans (SIPs) because the high court ruling does not require them to be changed, legal experts say.
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EPA Greenhouse Gas Proposal Reshapes Climate Debate

This special report provides easy access to all our coverage of EPA's controversial proposal for reducing carbon emissions from power plants, including news and analysis leading up to the proposed rules as well as the policy fallout since its release.

Federal Facilities Watch

Sierra Club Sues EPA For Failing To Act On Ozone SIPs In 22 States

Sierra Club has filed a deadline suit against EPA for failing to act on state implementation plans (SIPs) for more than 20 states that are supposed to address "good neighbor" provisions and other elements of the agency's 2008 ozone air quality standard.

EPA 'Losing Friends' Among Industry, States In Battle Over CWA Rule

EPA is facing criticism of its proposed rule defining the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA) even from "friendly" stakeholder groups that previously called for a rulemaking to clarify the water law's jurisdiction, underscoring the hostile reception the agency's proposal has received from regulated entities.

Lawmakers Eye Technology Advances To Streamline Environmental Regulation

House lawmakers from both parties at a recent hearing expressed general support for incorporating technology advances into state and federal regulatory programs in an effort to streamline the programs, although Democrats cautioned against blindly adopting new technologies without ensuring they will advance environmental protection and maintain regulators' roles.

IG Pushes EPA To Strengthen Program For Speeding State SRF Spending

EPA's Inspector General (IG) is pressing EPA to further strengthen its program for speeding state spending of unliquidated obligations (ULOs) from their drinking water state revolving fund (SRF) monies, a program officials created to prevent Congress from rescinding already appropriated funds because of slow spending by California and other states.

EPA Faces Hurdles Replacing Perciasepe After Departure Announcement

Industry Warns Of Legal Challenges If EPA Fails To Modify Climate Rule

EPA Finalizes Order Against Army To Clean Up Munitions At Louisiana Site

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