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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.

Former CASAC Chair Says Panel Dismissals Will Weaken NAAQS' Legality

Former EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Chairman Chris Frey is warning the agency's sudden disbanding of advisory panels for reviewing its ozone and particulate matter (PM) standards will weaken the quality of the reviews and make the resulting standards more vulnerable to legal challenges. “The main implication is the agency is not committed to seriously look at the science regarding these two pollutants,” Frey told Inside EPA in an exclusive Oct. 12 interview. He claimed the agency's...


Clay products manufacturers ask EPA to further soften MACT

Manufacturers of clay and ceramic products are backing EPA’s proposal to ease compliance with maximum achievable control technology (MACT) air toxics standards for the sector, including through emissions averaging, but are asking the agency to craft additional flexibilities to ease compliance. In comments submitted to EPA ahead of an Oct. 4 deadline for public input, several industry associations praise the EPA’s Aug. 20 proposal to relax some compliance requirements of its 2015 Obama-era national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants...

White House eyes EPA RIN market reform under E15 waiver

The White House says EPA will pursue reform of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) renewable identification number (RIN) compliance credit market to boost transparency and clamp down on speculation, as part of President Donald Trump's recent directive to the agency to allow year-round sales of 15-percent ethanol (E15) fuel. In an Oct. 11 fact sheet , the White House confirms Trump’s instruction to EPA to craft a proposal to authorize E15 for summertime sales. The fuel is currently prohibited between...

Democratic Gubernatorial Gains May Aid States' Opposition To EPA Agenda

Democrats appear poised to win control of several key governors' mansions in November's midterm elections, potentially aiding those states' opposition to a host of Trump EPA efforts to roll back climate and environmental regulations, while also bolstering state-level policies that aim to counter the federal rollbacks. Recent polls show that the party's gubernatorial candidates are favored to wrest power from the GOP in at least three states -- Illinois, Michigan and New Mexico -- while also retaining control in the...

Comment period begins on EPA plan to soften methane NSPS

EPA's pending proposal to weaken methane limits for new oil and gas facilities is set to be formally published in the Oct. 15 Federal Register , starting the clock on a 60-day comment period that ends Dec. 17. The Register notice adds that EPA will hold “at least one” public hearing on the proposal, with information on the location and date to be published in a separate notice. The proposal would ease the 2016 oil and gas new source...






Environmentalists sue EPA over AFO air reporting exemption

Environmentalists are asking a federal district court to scrap EPA guidance exempting animal feeding operations (AFOs) from air pollution reporting requirements under community right-to-know law, arguing that a recent law exempting AFOs from Superfund reporting does not extend to the right-to-know statute obligation as EPA claims. A coalition of 10 environmental and public interest groups in their lawsuit filed Sept. 28 , Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help, et al. v. EPA, et al. , urge the U.S. District Court...

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