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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.

CARB Prods Automakers To Join State GHG Program For MY20 Vehicles

California regulators appear to be prodding automakers that have not joined the state’s landmark voluntary deal with four manufacturers to begin formally following the state’s greenhouse gas standards starting in model year 2020, a year earlier than when the state rules are slated to diverge from EPA’s requirements. In an Aug. 5 letter , the California Air Resources Board (CARB) asks manufacturers of passenger cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles whether they intend to comply with the state’s GHG...


Judges Doubt Counties’ Bid To Bypass Preemption For VW Emissions Fines

Judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit appear to doubt two counties’ case seeking civil penalties from automaker Volkswagen (VW) for its use of “defeat device” software to cheat on federal air emissions standards, pressing the counties’ hard at Aug. 6 oral arguments on why their claims are not preempted by federal claims. At argument in In re: EPC of Hillsborough County., et al v. Volkswagen Group. of America, et al. , Judge Richard Tallman expressed...

EPA seeks nominations for controversial CASAC ‘expert’ panel

EPA is seeking nominations for experts to serve on its “pool” of consultants to advise the agency’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) with oversight of EPA ozone and particulate matter (PM) standards reviews, a controversial plan that critics warn could weaken the reviews through “cherry-picking” of scientific data. In a notice scheduled for publication in the Aug. 7 Federal Register , EPA sets an August 21 deadline for nominations of experts in several fields germane to the agency’s reviews...


Sierra Club Suit Adds Pressure On Pennsylvania To Tighten NOx Controls

A Sierra Club lawsuit against EPA over its approval of Pennsylvania’s plan to curb ozone-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) adds to pressure on the Keystone State to further limit NOx from sources it can regulate, as surrounding states weigh asking EPA to force Pennsylvania to cut NOx they say is hindering their ability to meet federal ozone limits. In its suit filed July 8 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, Sierra Club asks the court to scrap...


States sue to overturn NHTSA rule lowering CAFE penalties

Led by California and New York, a coalition of states is launching a suit over the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) final rule lowering an Obama-era monetary penalty on automakers that fail to meet corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards. “This rule is just another misguided and reckless attempt by the Trump administration to roll back the clock on our clean air standards, which is why we will stand up and fight to protect the health and well-being of...

Carbon Tax Adviser Optimistic Despite ‘Tricky’ GHG Rule Preemption Debate

AUSTIN, TX -- An adviser to an industry-backed group pushing for a carbon tax is expressing optimism about the broader policy’s chances in Congress over the next year but says that a portion of the plan to “streamline” EPA’s greenhouse gas regulatory authority in exchange for the tax could be the “trickiest” part to negotiate. While most observers doubt that lawmakers can pass major climate legislation in the near term, Pam Giblin, a veteran industry attorney who is advising the...

EPA agrees to improve oversight of smokestack emissions testing

EPA is agreeing to make improvements to its oversight of particulate matter (PM) air emissions testing at smokestacks used to vent pollution from industrial facilities, following an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report that found some problems with the reliability of data collected from current testing methods. The OIG in its July 30 report , which focused on facilities in Washington state, “found numerous examples of nonadherence to EPA test methods and inadequate supporting documentation to assess data quality." Further,...

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