EPA faces a host of legal and policy questions about the future of its air transport policy after a federal appeals court lifted its years-old stay barring the agency from implementing the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) to curb interstate emissions, including the timing of CSAPR's next phases and the scope of new transport policies.
EPA is narrowing its 1998 policy defining which facility air violations are “high priority” events triggering federal reporting requirements to help reduce what states have called an onerous recordkeeping burden associated with the agency's new Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS)-Air reporting database launched earlier this month.
Former Bush EPA research chief George Gray is proposing what he calls a “provocative” overhaul of the agency's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program to alter the types of risk estimates it publishes in order to reduce uncertainty and improve IRIS, prompting concern from agency staff about the proposal's limitations.
Environmentalists are pushing states and EPA to set stricter stormwater permitting requirements after the agency dropped plans for a stormwater retention rule for the construction sector.
Significant doubts are lingering over the timing and scope of EPA's coal ash waste rule as the White House starts it pre-publication review of the policy, sources say, including whether EPA will meet a Dec. 19 judicial deadline for issuing it and how it will address “fugitive” dust emissions and regulation of inactive ash disposal sites.
EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) is meeting this week to discuss a host of agency air and climate programs, including EPA's efforts to curb air toxics emissions and the proposed rules to cut power plants' greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Meanwhile, the agency's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) will hear arguments in a landmark case testing when violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are subject to a statute of limitations.
An organization of state regulators has released long-delayed guidance for addressing vapor intrusion risk at petroleum-contaminated sites, a guide sources say largely reflects the approach EPA is expected to take in its guidance on assessing vapor risks at petroleum-contaminated sites, recently sent to the White House for review.
Power and other industry groups are urging EPA to withdraw its proposed rule to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at modified power plants, charging that the measure is unlawful on its face because it imposes overlapping regulatory mandates requiring plants to comply with GHG standards for both modified and existing facilities.
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