Air

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.


Environmentalists Ramp Up Pressure On EPA To Withdraw Glider Plan

Environmentalists and industry critics are ramping up pressure on EPA to withdraw its proposed repeal of production caps on high-emitting “glider” trucks that combine a new chassis with used engines, in the wake of an ongoing “misconduct” investigation over a university study EPA has cited as part of its justification for repealing the restrictions. “Emerging information regarding possible research misconduct related to a study cited in the Proposed Rule raise[s] further concerns regarding this deeply harmful rulemaking,” the Environmental Defense...




BLM Methane Rollback Plan Cites NSPS Duplication But Ignores EPA Review

A long-awaited Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed rule to scrap several provisions of an Obama-era methane rule for oil and gas facilities on federal lands relies heavily on claims that the provisions duplicate EPA requirements for all new oil and gas activity, but fails to address an EPA effort to review and possibly repeal that rule. The Feb. 12 proposal seeks to scrap requirements for operators to develop leak detection and repair (LDAR) programs; waste minimization plans; well...


Critics Say Pruitt NSR Relief Memo Stymies Enforcement, 'Coerces' States

Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists say EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's memo aiming to ease Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permit requirements renders the NSR program unenforceable and “coerces” states into following the memo even if they oppose it, setting a potential precedent for other air policy memos. But GOP lawmakers, industry officials and an Arkansas air regulator at a Feb. 14 House Energy & Commerce Committee environment panel hearing defended the memo. They reiterated long-running claims that the NSR...

EPA withdraws ozone NAAQS 'classifications' rule

EPA has withdrawn from White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review its proposed “classifications” rule defining the severity of areas' “nonattainment” with the 2015 federal ozone standard, suggesting the agency could fall further behind in its already delayed efforts to implement the standard. The ozone classifications rule, which EPA sent to OMB Sept. 21 , is part of the package of measures EPA must publish to enable states to plan their implementation of its 2015 ozone national ambient...




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