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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 TO SEEK ADVICE ON AIR RULES' INADEQUATE MONITORING REQUIREMENTS

EPA is poised to seek comment on air rules that may contain inadequate requirements for emissions monitoring, possibly leading to future rules that tighten these requirements. But environmentalists are skeptical about whether the public outreach will bring any tangible results, and are pushing the agency to instead require all air permits to contain stringent monitoring provisions. EPA sent an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Aug. 11, and an EPA official...

RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT GROUP RELEASES GUIDE TO CLIMATE RISKS

The responsible investor group CERES is out with a first-of-its-kind guide for investors who want to reduce their climate risks, and institutional investors such as state treasurers are praising the report. A CERES source says the group decided to produce the guide following an investors' summit last fall on climate risks. Also following the summit, groups asked the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) to require mandatory climate change risk disclosure, a move the SEC is considering, according to sources familiar...

BUSH HOLDS TO ENERGY BILL AMID RISING PRICES, POLITICAL PRESSURES

Despite growing concerns over the effects soaring crude oil prices are having on economic growth, President Bush is remaining steadfast in his calls that Congress should approve his national energy plan, a move that is an apparent political calculation that any public outcry will be directed at Democratic senators -- in particular presidential candidate John Kerry -- for failing to pass comprehensive energy legislation. Bush told reporters Aug. 23 that "the best thing" in dealing with energy prices would be...

Key Scientific Panel's NSR Review Hampered By Lack Of Data

A key scientific panel is struggling to gather quantitative data detailing the new source review (NSR) air permitting program's impacts on the electric utility industry, causing frustration just weeks before the panel begins to develop preliminary conclusions about how the controversial NSR reforms are affecting air quality and public health, sources say. "There has not been a lot of effort to collect and analyze the kind of data [the committee is] looking for," a source close to the study says...

Federal Agencies Pursue National Policy To Reduce Truck-Stop Idling

EPA is working with other government agencies to recommend new policies for reducing idling at truck stops in an effort to streamline what truckers now say is a confusing patchwork of regulations that differ from state to state. Idling reduction is pegged as a major environmental and energy issue, because idling trucks waste fuel and pump harmful emissions into the air. While the final result of these efforts is still unclear, agencies including EPA, the Department of Energy (DOE) and...

Pentagon Drafts First-Time Policy To Promote 'Green' Purchases

The Pentagon is developing a first-time policy to require the military to purchase environment-friendly products and equipment. The so-called "green" purchasing policy is intended to provide procurement officers with guidance on purchasing EPA-certified products that contain recycled materials, rely on alternative non-fossil fuels, or use chemicals that do not deplete the stratospheric ozone layer. The policy -- which focuses on implementing a workable procurement system rather than detailing the legal requirements for these purchases -- marks the first time a...

EPA To Seek Advice On Air Rules' Emissions Monitoring Provisions

EPA is poised to seek comment on air rules that may contain inadequate requirements for emissions monitoring, possibly leading to future rules that tighten these requirements. EPA sent an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Aug. 11, and an EPA official says the proposal is likely to be published in the Federal Register in mid-September. The notice asks for public input on "potentially inadequate monitoring in Clean Air Act Applicable Requirements...

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT DEVELOPING NEW GREEN PROCUREMENT POLICY

The Defense Department is close to finalizing a new policy on so-called green procurement, reiterating the military's requirement under several laws and executive orders to buy a range of environmentally friendly products, and outlining a strategy for meeting those requirements along with metrics for measuring progress. The policy -- which focuses on implementing a system necessary to make green procurement work rather than detailing all the legal requirements -- marks the first time a federal agency has put forth this...

ERRORS DELAY PUBLICATION OF MAJOR WATER, AIR TOXICS RULES BY MONTHS

Minor errors are causing lengthy delays in promulgating at least three court-ordered water pollution and air toxics rules , delaying industry compliance and impeding litigation. While EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt signed all three rules in February -- in time to meet the court-ordered deadlines -- a water rule for power plants was not published until Aug. 4, an air pollution rule for plywood manufacturers was not published until July 30, and an air pollution rule for boilers has yet to...

Missouri Suit On EPA Air Rule May Boost Calls For Stricter Lead Levels

Missouri's lawsuit seeking more stringent EPA clean air rules for lead smelters could provide environmental and public health advocates another opportunity to push for stricter federal health limits on children's exposure to lead, sources following the issue say. Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon (D) earlier this week filed a citizen suit charging EPA with violating the Clean Air Act by failing to review its national ambient air quality standard for lead since 1990. Nixon is asking the U.S. District Court...

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