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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 sends proposed 2019 RFS rule for OMB review

Correction Appended EPA has sent its proposed renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel volumes rule for 2019 to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for pre-publication review, aiming to release the proposal in June for comment ahead of a statutory deadline to issue the final version of the 2019 RFS by Nov. 30. The Trump administration has made a priority of meeting statutory deadlines, but the RFS volumes rule is one of the most contentious...


Updated EPA Agenda Details Slew Of Efforts To Relax Clean Air Act Rules

EPA's newly updated regulatory agenda includes a slew of efforts to relax Clean Air Act requirements for a wide range of industrial sectors, such as formalizing recent guidance easing new source review (NSR) permit mandates, revising the Obama-era utility air toxics rule, and softening air monitoring policies. The Unified Agenda, updated May 9 on the White House Office of Management & Budget's (OMB) website, reflects various priorities of President Donald Trump's EPA from the nascent pre-rule stage to the final...

Automakers Renew Hopes For Vehicle GHG Deal After White House Talks

Automakers and the Trump administration are reiterating their hopes for a negotiated agreement on vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas rules, following a high-profile May 11 meeting of auto executives and President Donald Trump that included few new public details of the two sides' positions. In a statement released after the meeting, the presidents of the two top automaker trade groups noted that the Trump administration will soon release a regulatory plan with a “range of proposals” for future fuel...

EPA extends deadline for responding to New York's ozone petition

EPA is granting itself another six months to respond to a petition by New York for the agency to directly regulate interstate air pollution from sources in nine states, as East Coast states pile pressure on the Trump EPA to address Midwestern and Southern emissions that compromise attainment of federal ozone standards. In a direct final rule published in the Federal Register May 11, EPA extends the deadline for its response to New York's petition from May 13 until...

Consumer Groups Seek Higher Industry Political Price For Auto GHG Rollback

Consumer groups are trying to increase the political price that automakers would pay for supporting any rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, ahead of a meeting in which President Donald Trump is expected to offer countervailing pressure on auto CEOs to back his administration's aggressive rollback plan. Some observers suggest automakers may try to moderate Trump's proposals. The industry itself has called for “year-over-year” increases in stringency rather than freezing the standards, as well as a negotiated...


House environment panel to weigh bill easing NSR permit program

Correction Appended The House Energy & Commerce Committee's environment panel will hold a hearing May 16 on a discussion draft bill to ease the Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) air permit program for industry, aiming for a legislative solution that would go beyond recent EPA guidance aimed at the same deregulatory goals. The discussion draft floated by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) builds on the lawmaker's earlier bills, H.R. 3127 and H.R. 3128 , which aimed...

Illinois readies early suit over EPA's 2015 ozone NAAQS designations

Illinois is preparing to sue EPA over its decision to designate a Wisconsin county as meeting the 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS), in what will likely be one of several lawsuits challenging the agency's April 30 list of areas meeting or violating the air quality limits. Lisa Madigan, Illinois attorney general (D), in a May 4 press statement threatened to sue EPA in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit once EPA publishes...


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