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EPA Sets December 2021 Target For Most Areas To Attain PM2.5 NAAQS

EPA is setting a December 2021 target for most parts of the country to attain its 2012 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) of 12 micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m3), although some areas with worse levels of PM2.5 could have until December 2025 to cut emissions and comply with the standard.

States Seek More Flexibility Using VW Settlement Funds To Cut Emissions

States are asking EPA to expand the list of emissions reduction projects that qualify for funding under the $2.7 billion air pollution mitigation fund that Volkswagen (VW) agreed to create under a settlement with the agency over the company's alleged use of “defeat devices” for its vehicles to cheat nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions tests.

EPA Faces Calls To Clarify, Broaden Scope Of Environmental Justice Plan

States, environmentalists and utilities are generally backing EPA's "final draft" Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda (EJ 2020) to bolster consideration of equity in agency decisions, but advocates want a stricter plan while state and utility groups say the effort should more clearly spell out the actions EPA expects them to take.

U.S. Chamber Backs Coal Sector Suit Seeking EPA Air Rules 'Jobs' Review

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Environmentalists Ramp Up Calls For Total EPA Ban On Coal Tar Sealants

EPA Reiterates Call For D.C. Circuit To Dismiss Pesticide ESA Review Suit

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