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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.

House energy panel approves bills to ease EPA air rules

The House Energy & Commerce Committee's environment panel has approved several bills easing compliance with EPA Clean Air Act regulations for brick manufacturers, wood stove makers and utilities burning coal waste, along with a measure to ensure modification of cars for racing does not violate air regulations. At its markup Nov. 15, the panel voted on party lines to approve H.R. 1917, which would delay implementation of EPA regulations for the brick industry until all litigation on the issue is...

Vehicle catalyst manufacturers seek EPA air policy overhaul

Makers of catalytic converters and some states are lobbying EPA to overhaul its policy on vehicle aftermarket converters in order to ease restrictions on sale of the emissions control technology, which they say will reduce prices of the devices, clean the air and compete with cheap and possibly illegal foreign imports. In a Nov. 15 letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt , four U.S. manufacturers of aftermarket converters ask EPA to update what they say is an outdated 1986 national...


Pennsylvania Faults EPA's FY18-22 Strategic Plan For 'Neglecting' Climate

Pennsylvania environment regulators and public health groups are faulting EPA's omission of climate change from its recent draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-2022, calling it a “glaring oversight” that shirks the agency's responsibility to help tackle a global challenge and will harm efforts to achieve the plan's other goals. “By neglecting to even acknowledge climate change, the EPA is placing the livelihood of future generations in jeopardy,” says the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) in critical Oct. 31...

Pruitt 'Freezing Out' OTAQ Expertise In EPA Vehicle GHG Rule Overhauls

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is “freezing out” technical input from his Office of Transportation & Air Quality (OTAQ) as the agency reopens Obama-era greenhouse rules for heavy-duty trucks and passenger cars, say sources who fear the agency's vast engineering expertise on emissions controls it has built up over decades could be marginalized. “What you have is an administrator who is determined to repeal as much as possible,” says one environmentalist, even if that means giving short shrift to public health...

Senators call for GAO study of EPA's air quality monitoring

A bipartisan trio of Northeastern senators is calling for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the adequacy of EPA's air quality monitoring networks, as states in the region grapple with an ongoing threat from air pollution transported from elsewhere. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Tom Carper (D-DE) in a Nov. 16 letter to GAO Comptroller General Gene Dodaro ask for a comprehensive review of EPA's monitoring networks. The senators want GAO to examine: “what strategies does...


D.C. Circuit Judges Appear Inclined To Back Air Trading As Haze Control

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit at Nov. 16 oral argument appeared inclined in principle to back EPA's approval of emissions trading as an alternative to source-specific regional haze controls, which would bolster the agency in several pending suits over haze plans relying on trading. Judges Nina Pillard, Thomas Griffith and Stephen Williams heard arguments from environmentalists against EPA's longstanding reliance on trading as an alternative to source-specific best available retrofit...


Senate Democrats ask Pruitt to restore EPA climate web pages

Seven Senate Democrats are asking EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to restore climate-related web pages to the agency's website that were removed earlier in the administration. Led by Sen. Cory Booker (NJ), the Democrats in a Nov. 14 letter refer to the removal of EPA's “Climate and Energy Resources for State, Local and Tribal Governments” that was replaced in late July with a page called “Energy Resources for State, Local and Tribal Governments.” “With this update, EPA eliminated over 200 web...

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