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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.

GOP Senators Threaten Wheeler Nomination Over RFS Credit Reform Plan

Five GOP senators say they will have “serious concerns” about acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler’s nomination to head the agency permanently unless he gives them details on a plan to reform the renewable fuel standard (RFS) that satisfies them, which would be enough GOP votes to reject Wheeler in a floor vote if all Democrats oppose him. Their implicit threat to object to Wheeler’s nomination to be permanent EPA administrator is the latest attempt by senators to use the upcoming...




EPA leaves leather products air toxics rule unchanged

EPA has found that there is no need to revise its air toxics standards for the leather finishing sector, according to a just-concluded Clean Air Act residual risk and technology (RTR) review, echoing a series of RTR reviews for other industries in which the agency has made no, or minimal, changes to years-old air toxics rules. The leather finishing RTR rule published in the Feb. 12 Federal Register leaves emissions limits in place for the four facilities subject to...






Oil, biofuels groups add to lengthy list of RFS 2019 challengers

Oil and biofuels groups are adding to the lengthy list of organizations filing suit over EPA’s 2019 renewable fuel standard, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is consolidating the fresh challenges with an existing case that combines a host of already-filed challenges to the 2019 fuel targets. The latest fuel groups filing suit in the appellate court include the National Biodiesel Board, refiner Monroe Energy, the Small Retailers Coalition and a group calling itself...

EPA Eyes Broad Multi-Media Action Plan On PFAS, Including Air Transport

EPA's long-awaited action plan to address perfluorinated compounds is expected to offer a broad, multi-media roadmap for addressing the substances, including efforts aimed at modeling the air transport of the chemicals, a growing concern, as well as measures under Superfund and other laws to address water and other contamination. The agency Feb. 14 is slated to release its long-awaited national action plan for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), indicating on the most high-profile issue that it will continue to consider...


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