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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 Bid To Revoke California Vehicle GHG Waiver Targets Years-Old Rulings

The Trump administration's newly released plan to roll back vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules details its legal rationale for why it can revoke California's unique power to set GHG limits for vehicles, an effort that could require reversal of two 2007 rulings that rejected claims that federal fuel economy law preempts the state's program. The legal arguments support the Aug. 2 proposal's move to block California and other states' ability to retain the Obama-era standards, a step the...


Judge Orders NEPA Review Of Powder River GHGs But Won't Stop Leasing

A federal judge in Montana is directing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct a new National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review of management plans for the fossil fuel-rich Powder River Basin (PRB), to consider the downstream greenhouse gases that could be released if the fuel is extracted and burned. However, the judge is declining to accept environmentalists' calls to enjoin any leasing in the region or to vacate the 15 resource management plans (RMP) at issue in the...

Consumer group targets automakers over Trump GHG rollback

A consumer group is launching an advertising campaign against three major automakers, seeking to pressure the companies to disavow the Trump administration's proposal to roll back Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards. The digital advertisements , unveiled Aug. 6 by Public Citizen, target Ford, Toyota and General Motors by seeking to tie them to the Trump rollback plan. The group charges that the three companies “lobbied behind the scenes for the standards to be weakened.” The ads include...




States' Oil & Gas Methane Suit Could Force Stricter EPA Clean Air Policies

AUSTIN, TX -- Pending litigation from 15 states and environmentalists to force the Trump EPA to issue first-time methane emissions standards for existing oil and gas equipment could, if successful, broadly force the agency to issue tougher Clean Air Act rules for several sectors, according to legal experts. Even so, the agency is mulling a plan to scrap direct limits on the potent greenhouse gas methane for new oil and gas sources that were imposed by the Obama administration, a...

EPA Expects 'Flexible' Ozone SIPs By Oct. 1 Deadline, States Fear Sanctions

AUSTIN, TX -- EPA expects states to meet an Oct. 1 deadline for submitting plans to reduce interstate air pollution and predicts many will opt to use regulatory “flexibilities” that could reduce their obligations, but some sources say there is major concern about the potential sanctions the agency could impose on states that will miss the deadline. Speaking to Inside EPA on the sidelines of the Texas Environmental Superconference here Aug. 2, Clint Woods, deputy assistant administrator within EPA's...

States, Environmentalists Fight EPA's Bid To Moot Glider Enforcement Suit

States and environmentalists are fighting EPA's claim that litigation over its enforcement waiver of glider truck emissions rules is moot after the agency withdrew it, arguing that an appellate court should still rule on the legality of the waiver in case EPA tries to revive it and warning that mooting the case could complicate future glider rule enforcement. “Unless the EPA memo is invalidated, there is a possibility it could be reinstated, temporarily or permanently, in the context of a...


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