EPA and its environmentalist, state and utility industry supporters are defending the agency's use of “co-benefit” cuts in pollution not regulated by its power plant maximum achievable control technology (MACT) rule as a justification for the regulation, saying the human health protections from the cuts are a vital part of the MACT's benefits.
Republican members of the House Appropriations Committee say they will reject EPA's request for a $452 million boost to its fiscal year 2016 budget in part because the agency would use the funds to craft water and climate rules they oppose, though the lawmakers say they might still agree to boost EPA's water infrastructure funds.
EPA plans to finalize the administration's controversial rule to define the Clean Water Act's (CWA) scope this year, according to agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, despite concerns from critics that potential changes the agency is said to be considering to the rule are so major that they warrant re-proposing the entire regulation.
A pending ruling on the lingering legal challenges to EPA's interstate pollution cap-and-trade program could set a new precedent for how the agency crafts air trading rules.
EPA Inspector General (IG) Arthur Elkins Jr. is seeking a hike in proposed fiscal year 2016 funding for his office and aiming to secure a commitment from the agency for full access to staff and documents during investigations, saying both issues could create potential hurdles to adequate IG oversight of EPA unless they are fully resolved.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is continuing to highlight challenges with EPA’s approach to assessing and controlling industrial chemicals, especially the agency’s influential Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment program, including the programs in its latest list of “high risk” federal programs.
Judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear arguments this week in the remaining legal challenges to various provisions of EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program. Meanwhile, two House committees will hold hearings on President Obama's fiscal year 2016 request to boost EPA's budget by $452 million.
Economical site license packages are available to fit any size organization, from a few people at one location to company-wide access. For more information on how you can get greater access to InsideEPA.com for your office, contact Online Customer Service at 703-416-8505 or email@example.com.