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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.

EPA Considers Rule ‘Locking In’ Heavy-Duty Truck NOx Emissions Cuts

EPA is considering “locking in” reductions in nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions achieved by modern heavy-duty trucks in a forthcoming regulation as part of its “Cleaner Trucks Initiative,” says a top agency official. Matthew Leopold, EPA’s general counsel, told a Feb. 7 conference organized by the American Law Institute -- Continuing Legal Education in Washington, D.C., that the agency continues to eye a tightening of NOx standards for heavy-duty trucks in order to reduce air pollution. NOx is a “criteria” pollutant...

9th Circuit Grants EPA Rehearing Of Order Compelling Chlorpyrifos Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has granted EPA’s request for rehearing of a panel’s ruling that vacated former Administrator Scott Pruitt's reversal of an Obama-era proposed ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos, raising the possibility the court could undo the order and reject environmentalists' bid to block the substance from the market. In a Feb. 6 statement on the court's decision, environmental group Earthjustice faults acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler for defending Pruitt’s reversal of the Obama-era...

Environmentalists sue EPA over ozone NAAQS implementation rule

Three environmental groups are suing EPA over the agency’s Nov. 7 final rule for implementation of the Obama EPA’s tightened 2015 federal ozone standard, in a suit that may test the Trump administration’s policy of easing states’ compliance with the standard by granting waivers for ozone of international origin, among other steps. Downwinders At Risk, Sierra Club and the National Parks Conservation Association filed their suit Feb. 4 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit,...




Democrats Eye Long-Term 'Carbon Price' Effort Under 'Two-Track' Agenda

House Democrats are eyeing a long-term legislative strategy to develop a “carbon price solution” to climate change, part of a “two-track” approach to the issue that will initially focus on “low-hanging fruit” policies that have a better chance of garnering bipartisan support. House Energy & Commerce environment subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY) outlined the approach to reporters following Democrats' Feb. 6 hearing on climate change -- the panel's first session on the topic in nearly 10 years -- an event...

House Democrats Highlight State Climate Efforts Amid Trump Inaction

As part of their initial blitz of Capitol Hill hearings on climate change, House Democrats are seeking to spotlight efforts by a bipartisan group of state officials to both fight global warming and adapt to its impacts, contrasting those policies with the Trump administration’s climate rollbacks and its spurning of international commitments. The dynamic was on display at a Feb. 6 hearing hosted by the Natural Resources Committee, which featured testimony from two East Coast governors, North Carolina Gov. Roy...


EEI touts 'impressive' clean energy shift, planned coal closures

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), which represents investor-owned utilities, is touting the power sector's “impressive trend” toward clean energy and greenhouse gas reductions, including industry plans to retire over 100 gigawatts (GW) of coal plant capacity in the next five years. Such coal closures would continue a record pace in recent years that is occurring despite President Donald Trump's rhetorical support for the sector and EPA's efforts to roll back a suite of Obama-era climate rules. For instance, last year...

EPA poised to publish MATS rollback proposal

EPA is poised to publish in the Feb. 7 Federal Register its proposal to eliminate the legal underpinning of its mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) rule for power plants, starting a 60-day public comment process on the controversial measure after it was delayed by the recent government shutdown. In its proposal , originally released as a signed pre-publication notice Dec. 28, EPA says it will scrap the Obama EPA’s finding that it is “appropriate and necessary” to regulate...

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