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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 Retains Combined E15 Waiver, RIN Rule After Senators’ Objections

EPA has decided to retain its plan to combine a pending waiver allowing year-round sales of 15-percent ethanol fuel (E15) with a measure to overhaul the renewable fuel standard (RFS) credit market despite pressure from the biofuels industry to bifurcate the policies, following objections to separating them from Senate oil sector supporters. A Senate source says, for example, that RFS skeptic Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) raised concerns about EPA pursuing two separate rules on E15 and RFS credit reform at...

California, environmentalists defend suit over scrapped ‘once in’ air policy

California and environmentalists are seeking to preserve their lawsuit challenging EPA’s memo scrapping a longstanding policy that held air toxics sources cannot escape strict Clean Air Act regulation as “major sources,” arguing that the memo amounts to “a binding final action” subject to judicial review. In the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit suit California Communities Against Toxics, et al. v. EPA, et al. , California and environmental groups are contesting EPA air chief Bill Wehrum’s...


Wehrum Downplays Shutdown Effect On ACE Amid Signs Of Modest Delay

EPA air chief Bill Wehrum is downplaying the recent government shutdown's effect on the agency's ability to finish its replacement greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants, though the agency is still acknowledging the shutdown caused some slowdown in issuing a rule originally slated for some time in March. EPA is still taking stock of the shutdown's effects on various pending rulemakings. But, “the shutdown has not slowed us down a lot,” Wehrum told reporters Feb. 12 alongside the National...


Free-Market Groups Back Off Need To Repeal GHG Endangerment Finding

Conservative and free-market groups that have long urged EPA to repeal its finding that greenhouse gases are a public endangerment -- because they say that is the only way to prevent the agency from having to regulate GHGs -- are backing away from that stance and now say it may be good enough for EPA to not strictly enforce the finding. The shift comes amid further indications that the Trump EPA is unlikely to revoke the 10-year-old finding, in part...


EPA Faces Broad Criticism Over Compliance Delays For Ozone NAAQS

EPA is facing broad criticism from environmentalists on its proposal to give areas around the country an additional year to attain a 2008 federal ozone standard and avoid a “bump-up” to more stringent emissions control requirements, with critics saying the areas’ ozone problems are so bad they do not justify the extensions. The criticisms are detailed in written comments groups submitted to EPA on the proposal, which affects many states. Environmentalists are also likely to reiterate the attacks on the...

Vehicle GHG Rule Freeze Still Appears Likely Despite Talk Of Alternatives

The White House appears to still be on track to finalizing its plan to freeze light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules, despite automakers' stated preference against such a rollback in favor of a modest annual rate of improvement in vehicles. EPA staff have been briefed as of the week of Feb. 4 that “nothing has changed,” with respect to the agency's plan to lock in fuel economy and GHG standards at model year 2020 levels, under a controversial...

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