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 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.
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.
North Dakota plans to argue that a federal appeals court should scrap EPA's first-time rule to curb the greenhouse gas (GHG) methane from the oil and gas sector because the agency did not issue a finding that the industry's methane emissions endanger human health and welfare, calling it a necessary step under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
EPA is holding its annual drinking water workshop this week, including a focus on revisions to the rules for controlling lead contamination. Meanwhile, the agency is seeking input on an update to its guidance on implementing public participation in federal waste permitting decisions.
EPA's contested Clean Water Act (CWA) rule is prompting queries over the extent to which the Army Corps of Engineers is citing the regulation in its nationwide water permits.
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.
Three Pennsylvania Congressmen are urging the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) to study the long-term health effects of two perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) that have contaminated drinking water in their districts, and to explain the agency's rejection of calls for the Navy to fund blood tests of affected residents.
The Sierra Club is suggesting it may challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) recent denial of its request to conduct a broad review of the greenhouse gas impacts from a suite of pending natural gas pipelines in the Mid-Atlantic region, alleging the decision is at odds with just-issued White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) guidance recommending such reviews.
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