Monday, September 01, 2014
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Administration Hedges On Using Carbon Costs In NEPA Review (Corrected)

The Obama administration is hedging on whether it will redo a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review using its controversial social cost of carbon (SCC) values to quantify the greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of a coal mining project after a judge rejected an earlier review because it failed to consider the GHG impacts of extracting and combusting the coal.

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Advocates Aim To Expand NSR's Scope

A pending Clean Air Act permit challenge filed by environmentalists aims to secure a court ruling expanding the scope of EPA's new source review permitting program.

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The Week Ahead

Groups Detail Challenges To Major EPA Rules, Administration Weighs Carbon 'Cost' Case

Industry groups and others are poised this week to detail their legal challenges to a broad range of major EPA energy, toxics and water regulations, including a suit over a waste law waiver for carbon sequestration and a long-running dispute over air toxics standards for boilers. The administration meanwhile is expected to tell a federal district court about the "high-level" policy implications of a recent ruling requiring the use of carbon "cost" values in environmental reviews.

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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.
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Advocates Fear EPA Cleanup Plan Shows 'Backsliding' On Dioxin Standard

Environmentalists fear that EPA's proposed cleanup plan for a Michigan river floodplain shows the agency "backsliding" from its strict 2012 non-cancer risk values for dioxin, saying the site-specific plan floats significantly weaker cleanup standards than the 2012 estimates that industry groups have claimed are flawed and overly stringent.

Industry Cites EPA's Lack Of CCS Testing Plan In Bid To Scrap RCRA Rule

Energy groups say EPA failed to provide a plan for assessing whether carbon dioxide (CO2) streams are hazardous waste in its rule excluding carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) from strict Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) rules, saying the lack of a plan creates major legal and regulatory liability for CCS projects.

EPA Pushes Ahead With Toxics Rules But Renews Call For TSCA Reform

EPA is pushing ahead with using existing Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authority to develop chemical policies including new use rules and risk assessments for various substances, even as it renews a call for Congress to act on legislation to overhaul TSCA that industry and Republicans say is unlikely to advance this year.

Texas Health Studies May Aid Opposition To Stricter EPA Ozone Standard

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) toxicologists are touting existing and upcoming scientific research that they say helps to undermine EPA staff's suggestion of a need to tighten the federal ozone air standard, building on an ongoing industry effort to fund studies that could rebut science justifying a stricter limit.
Related Story: EPA Rejects Sierra Club's Call To Designate 57 Ozone Nonattainment Areas

Advocates Say State's Coal Ash Bill Shows Need For Strict EPA Oversight

Related Story: EPA Rights Review Of Ash Landfill Unlikely To Spur Discrimination Finding

Western States Fear TSCA Fracking Rule May Hamper Disclosure Policies


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