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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.

IRS faces senators’ call for data on validity of coal tax credits

Three Democratic senators are pressing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to supply data justifying its granting of tax credits to producers of chemically-treated, or “refined,” coal, with the senator citing concerns raised in a recent report by a think tank questioning whether refined coal meets required pollution cuts. Writing to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig June 10, Democratic Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Sherrod Brown (OH), and Elizabeth Warren (MA) say that the IRS is allowing beneficiaries of the $7 per ton...

After Two Years, Report Finds Trump Yet To Win Climate Rollback In Court

The Trump administration has not successfully defended any climate deregulatory effort in court during its first two years, a new report finds, even though EPA and other agencies have been able to delay implementation of some rules and are poised to complete several major rollbacks in the coming months that will spur additional lawsuits. The June 7 report , by Dena Adler of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, seeks to document “a landscape-level view...

Refiners rush to file first suit over EPA’s E15 fuel sales waiver

The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), representing many refiners, has quickly filed what will likely be the first of several lawsuits challenging the agency’s June 10 waiver allowing year-round sales of 15-percent ethanol fuel (E15) and making changes to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) credit system. AFPM filed suit June 10 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the same day that EPA’s rule appeared in the Federal Register . Publication in the Register...


EPA approves alternative asbestos disposal method

EPA has approved an alternative disposal method for asbestos-containing pipe under the agency’s air toxics rules for asbestos, despite a labor group’s concerns that the new practice might not comply with requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In a Federal Register notice scheduled for publication June 10 , EPA gives final approval for close tolerance pipe slurrification (CTPS) as an alternative work practice (AWP) for disposal of asbestos cement (A/C) pipe under the asbestos national emissions...

EPA’s RFS Refiner Waivers Could Make 2020 Fuel Targets ‘Meaningless’

Biofuels industry officials are warning that EPA’s ongoing issuance of waivers to small refiners from having to meet renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandates could make the agency’s imminent proposed 2020 RFS fuel production targets “meaningless” because the exemptions undermine biofuels production levels. Speaking June 6 at a briefing for Congressional staff in Washington, D.C., Anthony Reed, senior director of government relations for ethanol producer Archer Daniels Midland, said the major impact of the waivers has already made the...

Advisors Face Challenging Schedule Reviewing Range Of EPA Policies

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is planning to review a broad range of Trump administration deregulatory policies in a relatively quick fashion in order to provide advice on the agency’s regulatory timeline, efforts that SAB Chairman Michael Honeycutt acknowledges will be difficult but adds that the board has voted to undertake. “I hope nobody has vacation plans or if you do, let’s coordinate,” Honeycutt said during clarifying remarks at the end of SAB’s June 5-6 meeting in Washington, D.C. Honeycutt,...

9th Circuit tosses Keystone permit suit

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s environmental review for the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, holding that a new permit the administration has since issued has made the challenge to the prior permit moot. The ruling comes after a lower court granted environmentalist challengers significant victories earlier in the litigation, including imposing a preliminary injunction on construction. The June 6 order grants a request...


EPA Shuffles Top Air Officials In Possible Retaliation For Auto Rule Fight

Critics of the Trump administration say EPA’s Office of Air & Radiation (OAR) staff shuffle that removes longtime transportation air quality chief Chris Grundler from his post may be retaliation for agency career employees pushing back on efforts to undo Obama-era rules, including vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards. OAR Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum announced the change in a June 6 email to staff saying that effective Aug. 4 Grundler will move from being the Office of Transportation &...

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