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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.


Democrats renew data request on EPA climate rollbacks

House Democrats on the Energy & Commerce Committee are renewing their request for detailed information about several of EPA's climate change regulatory rollbacks, noting the agency has not responded to their initial request from nearly three months ago that they issued shortly after winning control of the House in the midterms. The Feb. 8 letter to EPA was signed by full committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), environment and climate panel Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and oversight panel Chair Diana DeGette...

CBD suit challenges EPA refusal to require battery storage as BACT

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) is suing EPA over its refusal to object to a California power plant’s Clean Air Act permit for not using battery storage to meet the law’s mandate for installing best available control technology (BACT) to cut emissions, which CBD argues is a viable alternative to fossil fuel combustion. CBD, Sierra Club and other groups filed suit Feb. 8 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, challenging EPA’s refusal to issue an...


Dingell, House 'giant' who shaped major environment laws, dies

Former Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), the longest-serving member of Congress who played a key role in numerous bedrock environmental laws from his perch as chairman of the Energy & Commerce Committee, has died at 92. The nearly 60-year House member died Feb. 7, according to the Detroit Free Press , which cited tributes to his sharp wit, hard-charging personality and ability to strike legislative deals on a wide range of issues. In the environmental arena, Dingell authored the 1970...

Lawmakers Launch 'Green New Deal' Plan, With Bid For Progressive Unity

Progressive lawmakers are formally launching a long political push to enact a “Green New Deal,” (GND) with backers of the effort projecting unity among left-leaning groups by combining an aggressive push for “zero-emissions” energy with calls to reverse a slide in the fortunes of blue-collar workers. A Feb. 7 resolution outlining broad principles for the effort includes ambitious goals for cleaning up energy production and infrastructure, with careful wording that allows flexibility for defining which energy resources deserve federal support,...

Senate Energy Panel Lawmakers Embrace Centrist Climate Change Stance

Some lawmakers on the Senate energy committee are tentatively embracing calls from outside experts to adopt a centrist climate change agenda that recognizes the need for government action to reduce greenhouse gases while incorporating a wide range of low-carbon technologies, including some that progressive groups find objectionable. The dynamic surfaced at a Feb. 7 committee hearing on “energy innovation” that included significant discussion of climate change and the need to reduce carbon emissions. However, it is far from certain whether...

EPA to finalize ACE climate rule in 'second quarter' of 2019

A top EPA official says the agency will finalize its narrow replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) utility greenhouse gas standards in the “second quarter” of 2019, a timeline that represents at least a slight delay to its earlier goal to finish the measure in March. The status update came during Feb. 7 remarks from EPA General Counsel Matt Leopold, during an American Law Institute-Continuing Legal Education (ALI-CLE) conference in Washington, D.C., in which he added that the...

EPA leaves air toxics limits for friction materials unchanged

EPA in a final rule slated for release in the Feb. 8 Federal Register is leaving unchanged its Clean Air Act toxics emission limits for manufacturing of friction materials such as brake and clutch components, following a risk-and-technology (RTR) review for the sector that finds no need for stricter limits to protect public health. The final rule conforms to a recent Trump EPA pattern of leaving emissions limits unchanged after RTRs, which are required by the Clean Air Act...


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