The Obama administration is hedging on whether it will redo a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review using its controversial social cost of carbon (SCC) values to quantify the greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of a coal mining project after a judge rejected an earlier review because it failed to consider the GHG impacts of extracting and combusting the coal.
A pending Clean Air Act permit challenge filed by environmentalists aims to secure a court ruling expanding the scope of EPA's new source review permitting program.>> More
Industry groups and others are poised this week to detail their legal challenges to a broad range of major EPA energy, toxics and water regulations, including a suit over a waste law waiver for carbon sequestration and a long-running dispute over air toxics standards for boilers. The administration meanwhile is expected to tell a federal district court about the "high-level" policy implications of a recent ruling requiring the use of carbon "cost" values in environmental reviews.>> More
The Obama administration is touting EPA's proposed climate existing source performance standards (ESPS) for utilities as part of talks with other countries on greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals ahead of international climate negotiations slated for 2015, saying the rule shows the United States' commitment to cutting GHGs.
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Environmentalists fear that EPA's proposed cleanup plan for a Michigan river floodplain shows the agency "backsliding" from its strict 2012 non-cancer risk values for dioxin, saying the site-specific plan floats significantly weaker cleanup standards than the 2012 estimates that industry groups have claimed are flawed and overly stringent.
Energy groups say EPA failed to provide a plan for assessing whether carbon dioxide (CO2) streams are hazardous waste in its rule excluding carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) from strict Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) rules, saying the lack of a plan creates major legal and regulatory liability for CCS projects.
EPA is pushing ahead with using existing Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authority to develop chemical policies including new use rules and risk assessments for various substances, even as it renews a call for Congress to act on legislation to overhaul TSCA that industry and Republicans say is unlikely to advance this year.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) toxicologists are touting existing and upcoming scientific research that they say helps to undermine EPA staff's suggestion of a need to tighten the federal ozone air standard, building on an ongoing industry effort to fund studies that could rebut science justifying a stricter limit.
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Editor's Note: There will be no updates posted today, September 1st, in observance of the federal holiday.
EPA staff has issued a final policy assessment (PA) calling for a tightening of the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) of 75 parts per billion (ppb) down to a range between 60-70 . . .
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) is asking EPA to justify its decision against using an additional child safety factor as part of a human health risk assessment it used in a plan to allow use of . . .
The Obama administration is suggesting that it will not pursue a binding international climate treaty at a United Nations conference in Paris next year, and instead will seek an "executive" agreement to compel greenhouse gas . . .
EPA is rejecting concerns from environmentalists and some states that its final national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for flexible polyurethane foam production is too weak, largely finalizing the rule as proposed and . . .