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Tracking the latest agency and congressional debates over rules to cut emissions of traditional pollutants, and a broad range of novel EPA policies including the agency's shift to a "multipollutant" regulatory approach for individual sectors.

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Tracking the latest agency and congressional debates over rules to cut emissions of traditional pollutants, and a broad range of novel EPA policies including the agency's shift to a "multipollutant" regulatory approach for individual sectors.




EPA Targets April 30 For Ozone Designations But Withholds 'Exact Details'

EPA in a new legal filing says it plans to issue by April 30 all remaining designations for which areas are either attaining or violating the 2015 ozone standard in response to an appellate court order for “precision and specificity” on its timeline, but is withholding the “exact details” for another filing it will submit to the court on Jan. 19. “[T]he exact details of the Agency’s plan for finalizing all remaining designations are still being determined,” EPA explains in...

EPA Fuel Economy Reports Prompt Mixed Industry, Environmentalist Views

EPA's latest trends and manufacturer performance reports on vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gases show improvements have continued but slowed, prompting a delicate dance by both automakers and environmentalists citing the report as a basis for their respective positions on weakening -- or preserving -- current standards for passenger vehicles. Environmentalists are suggesting the slowdown in fuel economy improvement might be only temporary, while also criticizing the auto industry for its aggressive marketing of less-efficient trucks and a performance that...


House lawmakers urge Congress to block AFO reporting

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging House leaders to preserve an amendment that was attached to the lower chamber's fiscal year 2018 spending bill for EPA and other agencies that would block a court mandate for animal feeding operations (AFOs) to report their emissions of hazardous air pollution under federal waste cleanup and community right-to-know laws. In a Jan. 9 letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), 87 House members lead by Rep...


Administration Scraps Plan To Pause EPA Landfill Rules Amid Legal Doubts

The Trump administration has scrapped EPA proposals to stay major requirements in Obama-era methane standards for new and existing landfills, signaling that it would have faced an uphill legal battle if it had finalized the measures, though environmentalists have already charged that the agency is dragging its feet on implementing the standards. Officials withdrew the two stay proposals from inter-agency review Jan. 11, according to the White House Office of Management & Budget website. The two proposals would have stayed...


EPA Air Chief Leaves Door Open To Uncertain Rule Review Outcomes

Newly confirmed EPA air chief Bill Wehrum is outlining an ambitious 2018 agenda, including completing reviews of six high-profile Obama-era rules and policies that the Trump administration is seeking to roll back. But in an interview with Inside EPA , he emphasized the agency is still weighing a host of options, leaving open the possibility that the reviews could result in uncertain outcomes and upend expectations for where the agency may land. Among other things, Wehrum, during a Jan. 11...

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