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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.

Senators push bipartisan bill to revive ozone early action plans

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) have introduced a bill to revive the George W. Bush EPA Early Action Compact (EAC) program that would allow states to avoid classification as out of attainment with federal ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) if they take early steps to meet the limits. The bill, S. 1203 introduced May 23 , follows the Obama administration's decision in 2009 to stop the EAC program due to doubts about whether it was...


Biofuels Supporters Pitch 2018 RFS Goals To Trump EPA, OMB Officials

Biofuels makers and retailers in recent meetings with EPA and White House officials pitched their policy goals for the agency's pending 2018 renewable fuel standard (RFS) targets, including boosting advanced biofuels blending and opposing calls to shift the "point of obligation" compliance burden under the program. The White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) is currently reviewing a proposed rule EPA submitted on May 11 that will set the 2018 blending goals for the RFS, a program that sets...

Pruitt Hedges On Future Utility GHG Rules Even As EPA Readies CPP Repeal

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is continuing to hedge about whether and how precisely the agency plans to address greenhouse gases (GHG) from existing power plants after it rescinds the Clean Power Plan (CPP), even as reports indicate the agency is poised to float a plan for repealing the Obama-era rule. His May 24 remarks at an energy and environment forum hosted by Faegre Baker Daniels appear to second guess the scope of existing statutory tools for curbing GHGs and also...

CASAC calls for ammonia focus in NOx-SOx NAAQS review

Members of EPA's scientific panel overseeing the agency's review of federal air quality standards for nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur oxides (SOx) are calling for EPA and the panel to look closer at the impact of ammonia on the environment, a pollutant for which environmentalists have unsuccessfully sought specific limits. At a May 24 meeting in Durham, NC, of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) panel on NOx and SOx “secondary” national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), panelists said...

Trump EPA's High Court Brief Defends Obama-Era Malfunction Air Policy

The Trump EPA in a new Supreme Court brief is defending an Obama-era policy under which the agency sets Clean Air Act limits without allowing any exceedances of those standards due to emissions spikes associated with facility malfunctions, even as the administration reconsiders a rule that barred states from granting such waivers. In a May 23 brief in American Municipal Power (AMP), Inc. v. EPA, et al ., the Department of Justice (DOJ) on EPA's behalf urges the high court...


Appliance Group Warns EPA Against 'Broad Reconsideration' Of HFC Limits

As EPA is gathering input on which regulations it should scrap or significantly revise, a major commercial appliance industry group is urging the agency to maintain its rules limiting hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, requesting only targeted changes to some of the deadlines. The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) in May 15 comments to EPA is defending two Obama-era rules phasing out high global warming potential (GWP) HFCs, promulgated under the agency's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. They argue the...


EPA further delays portions of Obama-era formaldehyde rule

EPA is proposing to delay the effective date of select provisions in an Obama-era rule setting formaldehyde emissions limits on composite wood products by several months in order to give industry more time to comply, following an earlier measure delaying the rule's overall effective date while the Trump administration reviewed it. In a direct final rule slated for publication in the May 24 Federal Register , EPA says it is delaying the Dec. 12 compliance date for emissions standards, recordkeeping,...

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