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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, NHTSA grant 3-day extension for vehicle GHG comments

EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have extended the comment period on the Trump administration's proposed rollback of greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards by just three days -- from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26 -- turning aside requests from industry, states and others for 60 more days to weigh in on the plan. In a Sept. 21 notice , signed by EPA air chief William Wehrum and NHTSA Administrator Heidi King, the officials also extended by...


CPP Backers Aggressively Push For D.C. Circuit To Issue Merits Decision

States and environmental groups that support the Obama EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP) are aggressively urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to rule on the merits of the power plant greenhouse gas rule in the long-pending lawsuit, strongly pushing back against EPA and other opponents' arguments that the case is moot. In a Sept. 21 filing in West Virginia, et al. v. EPA, et al., states led by New York and environmental groups led...

Climate Summit Sparks Hope For Political Shift Amid Federal Inaction

California Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) last week spurred a variety of pledges by countries, states and local governments to reduce greenhouse gases, though a report released at the summit shows the pledges are not likely to counter the impact of the Trump administration's inaction on climate issues. Broadly, supporters of the Sept. 12-14 conference in San Francisco say it provided a needed jolt into climate politics as the midterm elections approach and as experts look...


States urge automakers to repudiate Trump vehicle GHG rollback

Top Democratic state officials who are backing strong light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards are increasing public pressure on automakers to either resist the Trump administration's proposed rollback of the requirements or be blamed for the legal chaos that likely would result. The move is part of a broader defense of the Obama-era rules -- and the ability of California and other states to continue enforcing them -- ahead of Sept. 24-26 public hearings on the administration's rollback plan in Fresno,...

Environmentalists' Suit Revives Battle Over Air Reporting Duty For AFOs

Environmentalists' new lawsuit seeking to force EPA's release of documents related to its policy on air emissions reporting by animal feeding operations (AFOs) revives a battle over whether the facilities need to report emissions under emergency release and community right-to-know law, hinting at future litigation over that fight. In their suit filed Sept. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Waterkeeper Alliance and Sierra Club ask the court to force EPA's release within 20 days...

EPA pushes RFS 'transparency' with details on waivers, RINs

EPA has revamped its website for the renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuels production program to provide a host of new data that the agency says will provide more “transparency” of the RFS, including the fact it has received 11 applications from small refiners for hardship waivers that biofuels supporters strongly oppose. Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the release of more information as part of an overhaul to the agency's website, which will now display a host of new data on...

Wehrum Met At Former Firm With Former Clients Despite Ethics Pledge

EPA air chief William Wehrum held a briefing on the status of various air regulations at his former law firm with former clients late last year, less than a month after he was confirmed to the position, according to a new document, a move that could be in violation of his pledge to recuse himself from such meetings due to ethics restrictions. The newly released document includes a Nov. 21 email from Makram Jaber -- another attorney at the firm...


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