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Senate Democrats Seek To Expand Superfund Tax To Tar Sands, Shale Oil

A group of Senate Democrats is seeking to reinstate and expand the long-expired Superfund taxes by subjecting newer oil types, such as tar sands and shale oil, to the tax requirement in a just-introduced bill that also seeks to index any new taxes to inflation and revise the process for making the trust fund balances more readily available to EPA.

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EPA Climate Meetings Likely To Draw Thousands; Agency's Stormwater 'Vision' Expected

EPA is hosting four meetings on its proposed greenhouse gas rules for existing power plants which are expected to draw thousands of public commenters. A top agency water official is slated to detail the agency's "vision" for addressing stormwater now that the agency has decided not to proceed with regulatory measures.

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EPA Scraps GHG-Only Mandate

Responding to the high court, EPA will allow states to require air permits for facilities based solely on their greenhouse gas emissions but plans to withhold federal enforcement against such facilities.

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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

EPA's June 2 proposal to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants will have far-reaching implications for the climate change debate, including a renewed legal fight, the role of state regulators and cap-and-trade programs, and the availability and regulation of natural gas.

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

EPA has finalized a rare cleanup order against the Army demanding the service address an "imminent and substantial endangerment" stemming from the improper handling of military explosives by an Army contractor, rejecting arguments from a high-level Army official that such an order misapplies hazardous waste and fiscal laws and undermines the Army's recycling policy.

Obama Administration Touts Climate ESPS In Global Talks On GHG Cuts

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.

Attorney Questions Utility Of Toxic Substances Control Act Reform Efforts

A prominent Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) attorney is questioning whether Congress and stakeholders should continue pushing long-stalled efforts to reform the 38-year-old statute, which many have long criticized for failing to adequately control industrial chemicals or instill confidence in its controls.

Advocates Expand FOIA Efforts To EPA In Bid For Data To Fight Utility ELG

Environmentalists are expanding their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation against several agencies to include EPA, hoping to obtain documents they believe will show the administration weakened EPA's proposed utility effluent rule following industry pressure and bolster a likely suit over the rule if the agency finalizes it as proposed.

Georgia High Court Rejects Easing Class-Action Status In Toxic Tort Suits

Facing Cost Fears, Key Democrat Floats New Carbon Cap & Dividend Bill

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EPA Further Extends 2013 RFS Compliance Deadlines

EPA is further extending its already delayed deadlines for refiners to comply with the 2013 renewable fuel standard (RFS) due to the agency's delay in finalizing the 2014 RFS, prompting concern from the American Petroleum . . .

Stalled Nominee Slated For Key EPA Water Role

Nancy Stoner, EPA's long-time acting water chief, is departing the agency next month, leaving the office without a Senate confirmed leader though Administrator Gina McCarthy says she is planning to rely on the advice of . . .

Hearing Set On DOJ Bid To Disqualify Holmstead

A federal district judge has slated a hearing for early September on an effort by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to disqualify former Bush EPA air chief Jeff Holmstead from serving as an expert witness . . .

EPA Seeks To Add GWPs To GHG Registry

EPA is proposing to add global warming potential (GWP) values for 103 chemical substances -- many of which stem from electronic manufacturing and flourinated gas production -- to its greenhouse gases (GHGs) reporting registry, a . . .

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