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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.


Democratic senators query Icahn on RFS role

Democratic senators are stepping up their probe into President Donald Trump's special adviser Carl Icahn's role in the administration, questioning Icahn directly on his alleged conflict of interests over EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) and other policies after similar inquiries to the White House went unanswered. In a March 27 letter to Icahn, Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) press Icahn to define...

Delaware Sues EPA Over Delay Responding To Interstate Ozone Petition

Delaware is suing EPA over its decision to delay a response to the state's Clean Air Act petition asking the agency to regulate emissions from a Pennsylvania power plant that Delaware says are hindering its ability to attain federal ozone standards, part of the First State's growing push to force EPA action on reducing upwind air pollution. The suit filed March 24 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenges EPA's Jan. 23 decision to...


Pruitt Woos Conservatives On GHG Risk Finding But Offers No Firm Promise

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is offering assurances to his most conservative critics that he is committed to scuttling numerous Obama-era climate policies -- while leaving the door open to efforts to repeal the agency's landmark greenhouse gas endangerment finding -- after a conservative columnist called for his resignation because of a lack of action so far on the finding. In a March 28 interview with Breitbart -- the hard-line conservative news outlet formerly run by White House chief strategist...

EPA Cites Trump Order In Bid To Halt D.C. Circuit Utility GHG Rule Suits

EPA is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to halt suits over the agency's climate rules for new and existing power plants, saying President Donald Trump's energy executive order (EO) means the agency will overhaul the rules and those changes could significantly alter the outcome of the suits. The GHG rule for existing sources known as the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is “under close scrutiny by the EPA, and the prior positions taken by...

Groups Spar Over Merits Of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule As Haze Control

EPA, environmentalists, states and industry in new legal filings are sparring over the merits of the Obama agency's rule allowing participation in the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program to satisfy separate haze pollution control mandates, a policy that the Trump administration is currently continuing to defend. The competing claims over whether or not the rule is lawful are detailed in final briefs filed recently in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit suit...

 



EPA Staff Mostly Ignore Trump Visit To Agency To Sign Climate Directive

EPA rank-and-file staff were not invited to the agency's Map Room to see President Donald Trump sign a long-anticipated, high-profile executive order seeking to dismantle the Obama administration's climate change regulatory work, and many staffers tell Inside EPA that they are keeping their heads down and concentrating on work. “Honestly, no one is talking about” the president's visit, one EPA staffer says. “People are doing their work and just trying to stay positive. . . . trying to do what...

Industries seek to delay suit over EPA's RMP revisions

Chemical manufacturers and other industry groups are seeking a stay of their lawsuits challenging the Obama administration's final rule overhauling EPA's facility accident prevention program while the Trump administration weighs revisions to the rule, saying any changes EPA makes could make the litigation unnecessary. In a March 27 unopposed motion to hold their lawsuit in abeyance , groups including the American Chemistry Council, American Petroleum Institute, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce cite EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's March 13 decision...

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