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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.


Experts outline federal role to advance CCS, nuclear technology

Several scientists and experts working on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and advanced nuclear technologies are emphasizing the federal government's vital role in the technologies' development and deployment -- regarding both financial assistance and creating a predictable and certain regulatory environment. The Trump administration claims the United States has “made great strides” in reducing carbon dioxide emissions through innovation and without a lot of federal help, said Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), ranking member on the Senate environment committee, during a...

Democratic States Defend Legal Standing For Role In Ozone NAAQS Suit

A coalition of Democratic-led states is defending its legal standing to intervene in litigation to defend the Obama EPA's stricter ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS), saying the states face harm if an appellate court vacates the standard and rejecting the Trump administration's claim that they face a strict test to win a role in the suit. In a July 24 filing , the seven states led by California and the District of California argue that their standing is...


Environmentalists fault EPA bid to delay ozone suit

Environmentalists are criticizing EPA's latest efforts to justify holding litigation over the Obama-era ozone standards in continuing abeyance, saying it undermines their effort to challenge the adequacy of the standards' stringency -- though they stop short of asking the court to change the suit's posture. “The abeyance heavily burdens their right to seek judicial relief on their claims as petitioners that, among other things, the 2015 standards are illegally and arbitrarily weak,” they said in a July 20 letter to...

Consumer Group Offers Early Look At Strategy To Defend Vehicle GHG Rules

A consumer group is offering a preview of some of the arguments supporters of vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards will use to resist planned rollbacks of combined EPA and Department of Transportation (DOT) rules, submitting formal comments to DOT's deregulatory “reform” docket that tout the rules' economic benefits and the ability of automakers to comply with them. The July 24 comments from Consumer Federation of America (CFA) come in response to DOT's broad request for input on ways...




RFS 'Reset' Offers Chance For Needed Reform Of Program, Experts Say

Producers of advanced and cellulosic biofuels, along with others, are looking to EPA's forthcoming “reset” of renewable fuel standard (RFS) statutory fuel volumes as an opportunity to significantly improve the program, amid substantial uncertainty over the future of advanced biofuels. Under the RFS , refiners and importers of fuel must blend increasing volumes of biofuels into the fuel supply each year, until 2022 when statutory volumes expire and EPA is then entrusted with setting volumes itself. In establishing the program,...

Trump poised to tap Wheeler as deputy, Pruitt preps other nominees

President Donald Trump is poised to tap Andrew Wheeler, an attorney with Faegre Baker Daniels and a former staffer for Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), for the No. 2 slot at EPA, according to press reports -- a move that would follow months of back-and-forth speculation over who would be picked for the post during which Wheeler was a leading contender. The news of Wheeler's expected pick reflects a switch from just last month , when Jeff Holmstead, an industry attorney...

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