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The Biden administration is announcing 16 members of its senior leadership team for EPA’s air, water, policy and other divisions, a group that features state environmental regulators, prominent officials with major environmental organizations, and staffers from the House and Senate.

President Joe Biden’s executive order (EO) directing review of Trump EPA policies specifies preliminary deadlines for the agency to formally propose changes to the regulations, including an April timeline for moving to reaffirm states’ authority to set more stringent vehicle greenhouse gas rules than the federal government.

The National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), representing state and local air regulators in 41 states, is floating an ambitious air policy agenda for the Biden EPA that includes giving states “innovative” flexibilities in their Clean Air Act compliance plans, while ensuring environmental justice is central to the agency’s air work.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is staying three last-minute renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers that the Trump administration granted to small refiners, freezing the exemptions at the same time as the Biden EPA is weighing its policy on waivers and the broader future of the RFS program.

In the final days of the Trump administration, EPA issued updated guidance on how to calculate the impact of low-income households on a wastewater utility’s ability to pay for required infrastructure projects, but the guide is yet to appear in the Federal Register, raising questions about whether the Biden administration will pull it for further review.

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