Air

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.




Valero details issues in suit over RFS 'obligation point'

Refiner Valero is detailing the issues it intends to raise in litigation against EPA's decision not to move the renewable fuel standard's (RFS) “point of obligation” from refiners and importers of fuel to other entities such as fuel blenders, the latest in a series of legal and other attempts to force a change. Valero is suing EPA in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit over the agency's Nov. 30 decision denying various petitions from refiners...


EPA Air Enforcement Chief Signals Coming Wave Of Mobile Source Cases

Phil Brooks, director of air enforcement at EPA, is signaling a coming wave of enforcement actions and possible settlements over Clean Air Act violations from mobile sources such as older trucks, with a focus on manufacturers of “defeat devices” that allow truck operators to bypass emissions controls. Speaking at an American Law Institute/Continuing Legal Education event in Washington, D.C., Feb. 8, Brooks noted mobile source actions as a “trend” in EPA enforcement efforts, following the landmark action against Volkswagen for...


California Senate Bill Adopts Strict Obama EPA HFC Rules

A new California Senate bill would lock in stringent Obama EPA rules requiring companies to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in refrigerants and air conditioners, a measure that appears aimed at pushing the state air board to strengthen a pending proposal that seeks to achieve similar goals after a federal court blocked the EPA rules. Known as the "California Cooling Act," SB 1013, introduced Feb. 7 by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D), would authorize the air board to adopt...


Former DOJ Attorney Says Ozone Order Shows 'Sue-Settle' Policy's Flaw

A federal district court order's setting a 60-day deadline for EPA to grant or deny Connecticut's petition to regulate interstate air pollution shows the flaw of the agency's “sue-and-settle” directive curbing settlements with litigants because it can lead to much tougher deadlines, a former Justice Department (DOJ) attorney says. Thomas Lorenzen, formerly a DOJ environmental attorney and now with law firm Crowell and Moring, told a Feb. 8 law conference that the order by the U.S. District Court for the...

CARB Adopts Truck GHG Rules But Gliders Remain Air Quality Concern

California on Feb. 8 adopted its Phase 2 greenhouse gas standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks, trailers and glider kits that mimic existing federal rules, but gliders remain a major threat to air quality because EPA has proposed to repeal its glider standards and California can do little to prevent the trucks from operating in the state. Nonetheless, California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff said during a Feb. 8 meeting in Sacramento that they hope other states will adopt the...

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