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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.




Global study shows PM2.5 mortality risk

Recent results from a study on global air pollution show reduced life expectancy caused by exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5), with the worst effects shown in developing countries but adverse impacts also seen in the United States, adding to a body of scientific evidence that might support tougher federal air standards. The just-released State Of Global Air 2019 report is a collaboration between the Boston-based Health Effects Institute (HEI), a joint EPA-industry funded research body, and other research institutions...

EPA Plans Second Wave Of NSR Revisions In Coming Guidance Memos

Correction Appended EPA air policy chief Bill Wehrum is planning a second wave of changes to the new source review (NSR) air permitting program to ease industry compliance, based mostly on non-binding guidance, before the end of President Donald Trump’s current term, according to a top agency air official. The Trump EPA has prioritized overhauling NSR in response to industry calls to reform the program to limit onerous regulatory burdens that many industry groups feel inhibit their ability to...


Democrats See Yawning Gap Between Wheeler's Goals, FY20 Budget

Capitol Hill Democrats are pressuring EPA chief Andrew Wheeler to reconcile what they argue are yawning discrepancies in his generic support for greater environmental protections and the agency's fiscal year 2020 budget request -- which seeks significant cuts -- and other activities that threaten to undercut such protections. The effort suggests Democrats in both chambers are trying to ramp up oversight of EPA's deregulatory agenda while also raising the political price of the Trump administration's continued calls to deeply slash...

States detail timeline for crafting RGGI-like transportation policy

The Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) -- a group of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that want to design a regional cap-and-trade program for vehicles modeled after the region’s power sector carbon market -- is detailing a timeline to craft the policy by the end of this year. The TCI consists of nine states and the District of Columbia, which committed late last year to design the carbon trading policy. The effort is facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center. The new...

House Democrats Press Wheeler For Answers On EPA's Declining Staffing

Democratic appropriators in the House are pressing EPA chief Andrew Wheeler on what he is doing to shore up the agency's workforce, expressing concerns that agency leadership is not maintaining staff at levels allowed by prior funding laws and that staff departures are jeopardizing environmental protection. The workforce concerns surfaced during an April 2 House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Trump EPA's fiscal year 2020 budget request, though the proceeding also allowed lawmakers to query Wheeler on an array of...

Critics Urge Court To Vacate EPA’s Rejection Of Ozone Transport Petitions

Delaware, Maryland and environmental groups are urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to vacate EPA’s rejection of petitions the states filed asking the agency to impose ozone-reduction measures on pollution sources beyond the states’ boundaries, saying in opening briefs the decision is based on flawed data. The arguments, detailed in March 29 briefs in the case State of Maryland, et al., v. EPA, et al ., say the agency acted arbitrarily in its...


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