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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.






Biofuel Groups Seek New EPA Methods To Bolster RFS' Cellulosic Goals

A coalition of 20 biofuel groups says the industry can significantly ramp up production of low-carbon cellulosic biofuels, including by using agricultural wastes such as corn kernel fiber, and is urging EPA to avoid overly conservative methods for estimating future production when setting blending targets for the renewable fuel standard (RFS). “Existing ethanol plants could produce hundreds of millions of gallons of cellulosic ethanol from this single stream of agricultural residue in the near term,” the groups write in a...


Connecticut Threatens Suit Over EPA's Proposed Ozone Petition Denial

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) is threatening to sue EPA over its proposed decision to deny the state's petition for direct federal regulation of a Pennsylvania power plant that top state officials say is compromising Connecticut's ability to meet federal ozone standards. “Once again, the Trump administration is putting the lives of Connecticut residents at risk. We know that in Connecticut the air we breathe is severely impacted by upwind polluters, such as Brunner Island. It is therefore incumbent upon...

OMB clears EPA's plan to withdraw oil & gas guide

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved EPA's plan to withdraw its control techniques guidelines (CTG) for limiting emissions of ozone-forming pollutants from the oil and gas sector, signaling the measure is poised to advance over the opposition of environmental groups. OMB completed review of a “notice of proposed withdrawal” of the the guidelines on Feb. 16, according to OMB's website. The CTGs, issued by the Obama EPA, offer a nonbinding but presumptive road map for...




EPA raises fees for vehicle emissions certifications

EPA is increasing fees for vehicle manufacturers that certify in calendar year 2019 that their vehicles comply with air emissions and fuel economy standards under the Clean Air Act, noting that the agency's Motor Vehicle and Engine Compliance Program (MVECP) fees rule allows for annual adjustments in certification fees. In a Feb. 20 memo to manufacturers, Byron J. Bunker, director of the compliance division of EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, says the fees adjustments reflect changes in labor...

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