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Key states are raising concern that EPA has yet to advance a long-awaited proposal to cut nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, sending letters to top officials underscoring the urgent need to issue a proposal in January 2022 to meet President Joe Biden’s goal for a final rule in December 2022.

From Climate Extra

Environmental and public health groups are offering early pitches on how EPA could strengthen its proposed oil and gas methane rules -- including with stepped-up inspections for smaller operations and prohibiting routine gas flaring -- as they also endorse EPA’s concept of bolstering community monitoring of emissions leaks.

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) continues to disagree with the agency’s air office over how to communicate air toxics risks to the public, despite a long-running dialogue between the OIG and the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) that has partially resolved some points of contention.

From Climate Extra

Owners of coal-fired power plants may offer to retire the units early rather than install expensive yet relatively inefficient measures to limit their greenhouse gas emissions after EPA issues expected “inside-the-fence” power sector GHG standards under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, some observers say.

From Inside TSCA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit has overturned a district court’s order that would have required EPA to release 18 documents related to Trump-era officials’ handling of TSCA and pesticide policies, setting a new precedent broadening the circuit’s application of the Freedom of Information Act’s (FOIA) “deliberative process” exemption.