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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 Seeks Reviewers For Controversial Methods Of Estimating PM Benefits

EPA is seeking experts to peer review potential new approaches for estimating the benefits of reducing fine particulate matter (PM2.5) below national standards, an effort that could help the agency justify planned rollbacks of Obama-era rules governing power plant emissions of mercury and greenhouse gases that relied on the “co-benefits” provided by the PM2.5 reductions. According to a Federal Register notice scheduled for publication June 13, the agency is seeking experts in epidemiology, biostatistics, cost-benefit analysis, uncertainty analysis and...

OTC Urges EPA To Accelerate Development Of Stricter Truck NOx Air Limit

WILMINGTON, DE -- The Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) of 12 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states is urging EPA to accelerate its development of a tougher limit for ozone-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions for new heavy-duty trucks, seeing the rule as vital to the region’s efforts to attain federal ozone air standards. At OTC’s June 11 annual meeting here, air regulators from member states said that stricter EPA NOx rules for trucks are just one of many state and federal measures they...

EPA plan to broadly overhaul oil & gas methane limits goes to OMB

The White House has begun inter-agency review of EPA’s draft proposal expected to rescind direct methane limits for new and modified oil and gas sources, a plan that threatens to expose a split in the industry given that large oil and gas companies want the agency to retain some level of standards. According to a notice posted on the Office of Management & Budget’s (OMB) website, the White House received the draft proposal June 10. While the details of the...

Maryland Asks OTC To Back Strict EPA Utility NOx Limits For Pennsylvania

WILMINGTON, DE -- Maryland is petitioning the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) to back its push for EPA to impose strict nitrogen oxide (NOx) limits on power plants in Pennsylvania, another OTC member, charging they hinder its ability to attain EPA ozone standards, though even if OTC agrees, it is unlikely the agency will grant it. If the 12-state OTC of Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states approves the May 30 petition , the organization would then formally petition the agency for the...

BLM Critics Cite EPA Policy, SCC In Bid To Vacate Methane Rule Rollback

Critics of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) repeal of an Obama-era rule to limit “wasted” methane from oil and gas operations on public lands are urging a district court to vacate it, saying the rule unlawfully relies on a flawed cost of carbon estimate and is wrongly justified based on a related EPA policy. “BLM failed to offer a reasoned explanation for repealing key provisions of a rule that, just two years prior, it determined was necessary to fulfill...

House panel sets hearing on vehicle GHG rollback

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is planning a joint hearing before two subcommittee on the Trump administration’s plan to roll back vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, a proceeding likely to showcase criticism of the plan as EPA and the Transportation Department work to complete it in the coming weeks. The June 20 hearing will examine the Trump administration’s “efforts to roll back Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and carbon pollution regulations from light-duty cars and trucks,”...

Environmentalists prepare to challenge final ACE rule

Environmentalists are ramping up their criticism of EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule that could be finalized next week, arguing the proposed version of the rule violates the Clean Air Act and warning of efforts by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to frame the final rule in a better light than the draft version. Speaking on a June 11 press call, Megan Ceronsky of the Center for Applied Environmental Law & Policy criticized EPA’s “cramped definition” of...

AGs urge BLM to redo coal leasing program NEPA review

Four state attorneys general (AG) are urging the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to prepare a full environmental impact statement (EIS) for its decision to lift an Obama-era coal lease moratorium, charging the agency conducted a cursory review after a court faulted it for not conducting any National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis. “BLM’s response was to issue an assessment that was rushed, and it shows. We demand that BLM do their job and fully analyze the program’s environmental and...

At Odds With EPA, Texas Renews Bid To Designate NAAQS Attainment Areas

Texas is reiterating its claim that it has authority under the Clean Air Act to designate areas as meeting EPA’s six national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), contradicting the agency’s view in a new legal filing even as the state seeks to defend EPA’s designation that the El Paso area is in attainment with the 2015 ozone NAAQS. The Lone Star State makes its argument in a June 10 brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District...


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