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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.






House lawmakers prepare for NSR 'reform' debate

The House Energy & Commerce Committee's environment panel will hear testimony later today on the Trump administration and GOP lawmakers' push to ease the burden of EPA's new source review (NSR) air permitting program, which is seen as an essential reform by industry advocates but derided as a license to pollute more by environmentalists. The Trump EPA has already moved to take administrative steps to ease NSR burdens, with the issuance of a guidance memo by administrator Scott Pruitt last...

Oil, ethanol groups urge EPA to reject RFS waivers

Major oil and ethanol groups are in rare agreement over an issue related to EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS), calling for the agency to reject requests from states and small refiners for waivers from the requirements, even as the sectors clash over the program's future. In a Feb. 12 letter , the American Petroleum Institute (API), which represents a broad swath of the refining industry including large, integrated oil companies, presses EPA air chief William Wehrum to deny several pending...


Study touting low emissions from 'glider' trucks under investigation

A pollution study that manufacturers of so-called “glider” trucks have relied on to urge EPA to repeal production limits on the vehicles is the subject of a “research misconduct” investigation by Tennessee Tech University (TTU), the same institution that participated in the study, according to a local press report. In addition, the report notes that TTU has suspended ties with the study's sponsor, Fitzgerald Glider Kits. “Tennessee Tech has begun an official investigation and suspended ties with a local company...

EPA sets hearing date for Connecticut ozone petition

EPA is complying with a court order setting steep deadlines for responding to Connecticut's petition calling for direct federal regulation of air emissions from a Pennsylvania power plant that the state blames for its ozone problems, a case that some say highlights the flaws in the agency's bar on settling such cases. In a Federal Register notice slated for publication Feb. 14, EPA says it has scheduled a public hearing for Feb. 23 in Washington, D.C., on the agency's...


States ask EPA for more time to comment on CPP ANPR

Several states, including many run by conservative governors, are asking EPA to extend the deadline to comment on the agency's advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) outlining possible approaches to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) to limit utility greenhouse gas emissions. If EPA grants the requests and extends the deadline from Feb. 26 to at least April 27, that could make it much less likely that the agency can complete a CPP replacement by the end of the...

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