EPA revised the eligibility date for low-income energy efficiency projects under its early action incentive program for its existing power plant greenhouse gas rule in part due to the Supreme Court's stay of the regulation, an agency official says, underscoring the agency's caution as it develops the rule's related programs while the court order is in effect.
Despite growing opposition on Capitol Hill, EPA is stepping up its use of its social cost of methane (SCM) metric for measuring the climate benefits of rules limiting the potent greenhouse gas, strengthening a precedent in cost-benefit reviews that could aid agencies as they craft rules that curb short-lived, but potent, GHG.
Environmentalists are charging that EPA's revised air toxics rule for large industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) boilers is unlawful because the agency relied on carbon monoxide (CO) limits as a “surrogate” for specific limits on toxics emissions, retained CO limits less-stringent than those in earlier versions of the rule, and relaxed controls for boilers during periods of startup and shutdown.
EPA is arguing Clean Air Act section 111(d) clearly provides authority to update emissions limits for landfills and issue the existing power plant climate rule.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is highlighting provisions in the newly enacted revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that he says will help EPA or states address or continue to address specific chemicals, including assurances from lawmakers that the state preemption language will not block Vermont’s policies targeting perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).
The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), which represents many state environment departments, will meet this week to discuss air, energy, water and infrastructure policy.
The latest breaking news stories on the landmark Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform deal and how EPA will implement it, as well as hot documents, reaction to the pact, section-by-section analysis, and more.
The Energy Department (DOE) is reorganizing its Environmental Management (EM) program, which oversees the department's nuclear weapons complex cleanups, promising changes that officials say will "increase operational efficiency" and promote better interaction between headquarters and field offices.
The United States and Canada are calling for a technical review of the climate benefits of various proposals for a global phasedown of high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, a move that could result in a stronger agreement on the issue later this year.
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