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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.

Senators Seek EPA Rule Limiting HFC Production As Officials Split On Kigali

A bipartisan group of six senators is floating legislation that would require EPA to write a rule to phase down production of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants that act as potent greenhouse gases, amid reports that the Trump administration is split on whether to embrace an international deal to restrict the chemicals. If enacted, the legislation, S. 2448 , would provide EPA with authority to achieve the treaty's goals even as administration officials work to determine whether to support the deal --...






Utilities, States, Environmentalists Clash Over Obama EPA CSAPR 'Update'

Utilities, states and environmentalists are clashing in legal fights over the Obama EPA's “update” to its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program, with disputes over the update rule's merits including its implementation costs, how to address international emissions, and “over-control” of upwind states. The arguments are detailed in a series of briefs filed Feb. 16 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in State of Wisconsin, et al. v. EPA, et al....

Senators introduce bill to block AFO air reporting duty

A bipartisan group of senators has followed through on a plan to introduce a bill to block looming requirements for thousands of animal feeding operations (AFOs) to report their air emissions to the federal government for the first time, amid widespread anxiety in the farm sector over how to comply with the duty. Sponsor Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), and co-sponsors Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Chris Coons (D-DE) and...

D.C. Circuit Rejects Obama-Era Policy For Revoking Older Ozone NAAQS

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has largely ruled against the Obama EPA's policy for revoking outdated federal ozone standards, requiring changes to the agency's approach for removing old standards and setting new requirements for how the agency will implement the 2015 ozone limit. In its unanimous Feb. 16 ruling in the consolidated case South Coast Air Quality Management District, et al. v. EPA, et al. , the court vacates numerous aspects of the Obama...

Utilities Seek Revised Ozone Designations Based On 'Exceptional Events'

Electric utility groups are calling on EPA to revise several of its proposed designations of areas violating the agency's 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) and change them to attainment based on air pollution associated with “exceptional events” such as wildfires that increase ozone levels. Industry groups, states, environmentalists and others in public comments submitted ahead of a Feb. 5 deadline express wide-ranging criticisms of EPA's proposed nonattainment designations for the 2015 NAAQS, which the Obama EPA set...

Senate Democrats Expand Probe Of Pruitt's EPA Advisory Panels Overhaul

Senate Democrats are expanding their probe of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's overhaul of the agency's advisory panels policies that critics say boosts industry influence on the committees, asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to weigh new information about whether some panel are consistent with legal requirements. Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE), the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), in a Feb. 14 letter ask GAO to expand its ongoing review of EPA's advisory...


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