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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.

D.C. Circuit Expected To Order FERC To Broaden Pipeline GHG Reviews

Appellate judges are expected to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expand consideration of greenhouse gas emissions when approving natural gas pipelines with a known upstream producer, which would extend a two-year-old precedent requiring FERC to address downstream GHGs when the end user is known. However, the expected ruling is unlikely to address FERC’s new policy that limits need to consider upstream or downstream GHGs at all in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews for other pipelines because...

Fight Over MATS Rollback Serves As Proxy For Battle Over ‘Co-Benefits’

A fight between critics and supporters of EPA’s proposal to scrap its cost-benefit finding underpinning the Obama-era utility air toxics rule is serving as a proxy for a broader battle over how, and whether, the agency should in future rulemakings count the “co-benefits” of reducing pollutants that are not directly regulated by a specific policy. Stakeholders’ comments ahead of an April 17 deadline for weighing in on the power plant mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) proposal highlight the dispute...

EPA Moves To Reveal More Information On Small Refiner RFS Waivers

EPA is proposing to publish more data on small refinery waivers from renewable fuel standard (RFS) exemptions, as the agency comes under renewed scrutiny from biofuels advocates and their congressional supporters for its increased issuance of waivers, which biofuel industry groups blame for “destroying demand” for their product. In an April 11 notice , EPA re-opens for public comment one specific aspect of its never-finalized Obama-era proposal to overhaul renewable fuels regulations, known as the Renewables Enhancement and Growth-Support Rule...


EPA declines to tighten combustion turbine standards

EPA is proposing to leave air toxics standards for combustion turbines largely unchanged, following a pattern under the Trump administration of leaving such rules essentially the same following Clean Air Act-mandated reviews. In a proposal scheduled for publication in the April 12 Federal Register , EPA finds no additional health risks that require mitigation in its risk-and-technology-review (RTR) for the source category, and elects to leave numeric emissions limits unchanged in its maximum achievable control technology (MACT) rule limiting their...


EPA Expands Air Data Waivers For ‘Exceptional’ Events, Sparking Criticism

EPA has expanded the scope of possible situations where states and industry can exclude air monitoring data showing violations of federal air quality standards from regulatory determinations on Clean Air Act compliance, prompting warnings from one environmentalist that the action is unlawful, though states are welcoming the new policy. In an April 4 memo to EPA’s regional air division directors, senior EPA career staffers Richard Wayland, director of the Air Quality Assessment Division, and Anna Marie Wood, director of the...

House Democrats launch inquiry on EPA ties to utility group

House Democrats are ramping up scrutiny of the ties between top Trump EPA officials and the power sector, sending queries to eight utility members of the Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) and the group's law firm that seek communications between those companies and agency air chief Bill Wehrum and other current or former EPA officials. The queries come in the wake of allegations in multiple press reports that Wehrum and other staff may have violated -- or at a minimum...




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