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After years of back-and-forth on whether it will join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Virginia regulators have finalized a rule allowing the state to join the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic power sector cap-and-trade program, expanding the market’s reach into the South.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is urging a federal district court to reject a proposed settlement between Sierra Club and DTE Energy in a long-running new source review (NSR) enforcement case, making an unprecedented claim that a private party is barred from going beyond what DOJ is seeking under the same enforcement action.

Democratic appropriators in the House are reiterating and amplifying multiple concerns with EPA’s deregulatory efforts and resistance to Hill oversight, pressing the agency for action or information on numerous topics, including water contamination, toxic chemical risk assessment and agency enforcement.

In response to a federal appeals court remand, EPA is proposing to tighten its maximum achievable control technology (MACT) air toxics limits for 28 types of boilers while weakening limits for six other types, relying in part on counting the “co-benefits” of the rule reducing air pollutants not directly regulated by the proposal.

In a flurry of recent final actions, EPA has completed several Clean Air Act-mandated reviews of sector-specific national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) rules that largely leave air toxics risk assessments and emissions limits unchanged, but tighten certain compliance requirements and make other minor changes.

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