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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.

Democrats Retake House, Ready For EPA Oversight, As GOP Gains In Senate

Democrats have regained control of the House for the first time since 2010, giving them new oversight power to scrutinize the Trump administration's deregulatory agenda, even as Republicans made gains in the Senate, according to early election results. The congressional results – as well as several Democratic pickups in key gubernatorial campaigns – could give the party additional power to try to rein in the Trump administration's climate and environmental rule rollbacks and flesh out its 2020 platform, even as...

FERC chairman raises new CPP fears in ACE comments

Neil Chatterjee, the new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), is broadly criticizing the Obama EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP) utility greenhouse gas rule in formal comments on the Trump EPA's proposed replacement for that measure, known as the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. Chatterjee, a Republican who was nominated to serve on FERC by President Donald Trump in 2017, recently became the panel's chair after Commissioner Kevin McIntyre stepped down from that position due to health issues...

CASAC schedules meetings on ozone, PM NAAQS reviews

EPA's independent seven-member Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) will hold meetings in November and December to consider key documents that will inform the agency's review of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone and particulate matter (PM). In notices scheduled for publication in the Nov. 6 Federal Register , EPA announces that CASAC will on Nov. 29 hold a teleconference to discuss the draft Integrated Review Plan (IRP) for EPA's review of the ozone national ambient...

Environmentalists Use ACE's 'Fenceline' Limits To Push CCS, Block Biomass

Environmentalists are seeking to use the Trump EPA's restrictive interpretation of its Clean Air Act authority against it in comments on the proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) greenhouse gas rule for coal plants, arguing the agency's view that it can only assess measures within a facility's fenceline means that carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) must be included when setting GHG limits and that co-firing coal with biomass must be barred. The arguments come amid a flurry of legal attacks from...




As Statewide Races Remain Close, GOP Critics Of EPA Appear To Fade

Key gubernatorial and Senate races remain close days before critical midterm elections, though several leading GOP critics of Obama EPA rules appear to be fading in their efforts to win higher office, including the attorneys general (AGs) of Michigan and West Virginia -- each of whom successfully sued to block EPA power plant rules. Polls suggest that Michigan AG Bill Schuette (R), who successfully challenged the finding underlying EPA's power plant air toxics rule, appears unlikely to defeat his Democratic...

EPA's Call For Data Sparks Fight Over Assessing NAAQS' Adverse Impacts

EPA's call for data on the adverse impacts of implementing ambient air standards is sparking a fight over how, and whether, the agency and its advisers should consider such impacts, with industry groups saying they are a vital factor while environmentalists and some states say weighing such factors in reviews of the standards is unlawful. In recently filed comments, proponents say allowing a first-time consideration of adverse effects such as economic costs in reviewing national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS)...

States, Environmentalists Oppose EPA Plan To End Air Monitoring Mandates

Several states and environmental groups are opposing EPA's plan to lift air emissions monitoring requirements first established under an obsolete Clean Air Act program, warning that eliminating the monitoring will weaken compliance with other environmental programs and risks unlawful “backsliding,” or worsening of air quality. However, other states and groups representing industrial sectors counter that the proposal is vital to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens, and they also call for maximum flexibility on complying with monitoring requirements. The arguments are detailed...


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