User login

Air

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.

Topic Subtitle
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.

Congressional Concerns Over EtO Emissions Spread Beyond Illinois

Lawmakers representing congressional districts in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Texas are joining Illinois’ delegation in questioning EPA’s response to information it released last year about cancer risk to communities exposed to ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions from facilities such as sterilization or chemical production plants. Led by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), five House Democrats sent Administrator Andrew Wheeler an Aug. 9 letter requesting an explanation for why their communities were not notified of information the agency had regarding the toxicity of EtO...


Oil, Gas Industry Cautiously Welcomes EPA’s Novel Ozone Trading Plan

Oil and gas industry groups are cautiously welcoming EPA’s tentative plan to establish a novel emissions trading program for oil and gas drilling operations in Utah’s Uinta Basin to curb high ozone levels, but local leaders warn the plan should not distract from pursuing what they say are other urgent measures to reduce pollution. In comments submitted to EPA ahead of an extended deadline of Aug. 7, oil industry groups welcome EPA’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) that floats...

Top House Energy Panel Republican Praises ‘Flexible’ EPA Fire Guidance

Rep. Greg Walden, (R-OR), ranking member of the House energy panel, is praising EPA’s “flexible” technical guidance easing the use by forest managers of “prescribed” fires to thin out forests and prevent much larger wildfires with catastrophic impacts to health and the environment, saying it will assist with forest management. EPA issued the guidance to its regional air division directors Aug. 8, easing and clarifying the terms under which states may exclude air quality data gathered during prescribed fire from...


Environmentalists expand suit seeking EPA action on SIPs

Environmentalists are adding California’s Ventura County to a lawsuit against EPA seeking agency action on pending ambient air standard attainment plans for regions in the Golden state and Arizona -- plans that they claim are long overdue under federal Clean Air Act deadlines. In an Aug. 13 amended complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Center for Environmental Health (CEH) are seeking an order for EPA to take...

EPA Urged To Expand End Of Strict Air Toxics Policy To Criteria Pollutants

Printing industry officials are urging EPA to not only finalize its rule to scrap the “once in, always in” (OIAI) policy that requires facilities to always meet strict “major” source air toxics rules even if they lower emissions to below the major source threshold, but also to expand aspects of the rule to regulations for criteria pollutants, including ozone. The suggestion, raised by the officials at an Aug. 15 EPA public hearing on the proposal in Washington, D.C., drew immediate...

NRECA Bid To Replace UARG Could Preserve Novel Section 111 Claim

Efforts by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) to replace the disbanded Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) in a suit over EPA’s landfill methane rules could preserve UARG’s novel claims on whether section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act allows EPA to strengthen existing standards. But the co-op group must first overcome stiff opposition to its request from environmentalists, who charge that NRECA lacks standing, and convince a court that it can replace UARG. At issue is National Waste...

EPA Steel NESHAP Requires Certification Of No Vehicle Mercury Switches

EPA’s proposed first-time mercury air toxics rule for integrated iron and steel manufacturing would require facility owners to certify that their scrap steel is unlikely to contain mercury switches from discarded vehicles, but the rule’s emissions limits appear weak enough to trigger potential pushback from environmentalists seeking strict controls. The proposal , signed by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Aug. 6 ahead of its upcoming publication in the Federal Register , amends a prior 2003 national emissions standards for hazardous air...

Trump praises Wheeler’s deregulatory efforts

President Donald Trump is praising EPA Administrator Andrew Wheelert’s deregulatory efforts at the agency, telling an audience during an Aug. 13 tour of a new Pennsylvania chemical plant’s construction site that he has done “an incredible job” rolling back rules and speeding natural gas infrastructure. “We have a man that knows how to break it up but he is also a great lover of the environment,” Trump said. “EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. He has done an incredible job.” His remarks...

Pages

Not a subscriber? Sign up for 30 days free access to exclusive environmental policy reporting on EPA, the Trump administration's deregulatory agenda, and the pushback from the Democrat-controlled House.