EPA's environmental economics center has released its final report on a "willingness-to-pay" (WTP) survey that says residents value improved water quality in the Chesapeake Bay at up to more than $6 billion per year, which regulators hope will boost their implementation of the agency's multi-state nutrient and sediment cleanup plan for the Bay.
Top House Democrats are detailing several methodological steps the administration could take to increase blend mandates in EPA's imminent multi-year renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes rule, citing the greenhouse gas benefits that such a rule could provide heading into the Paris climate talks.
EPA is urging a federal district court to reverse its order denying the agency's request to halt litigation over its Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule until an appellate court decides whether it is the correct venue for such suits, warning that having the district court case proceed will create “burdensome, complex, and contentious litigation.”
EPA is avoiding a comprehensive new cost-benefit analysis for whether it is “appropriate and necessary” under the Clean Air Act to regulate power plants with an air toxics rule.
EPA is urging a federal appeals court to vacate and remand its registration of an herbicide designed for use on genetically-modified (GM) crops after discovering new data in the pesticide producers' patent application suggesting the registration might have underestimated the product's synergistic risks to endangered non-target plants.
Senate legislation to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) could face implementation hurdles with EPA struggling with a suite of new regulatory definitions and deadlines under the bill, even as prospects for it receiving a long-awaited floor vote improve given a potential deal on a funding fight that has held up the legislation.
EPA is hosting a call this week to seek input from environmental justice groups, environmental organizations and others on its program designed to provide incentives for investments in wind and solar projects as part of its climate rule for existing power plants. Meanwhile, filings are due this week in advocates' suit seeking to force release of documents on EPA's utility effluent guideline.
Five Northeastern states and the District of Columbia are planning to develop a regional, market-based program to cut transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions, possibly modeled after the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to cut power sector GHGs.
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