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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.


Environmentalists vow suit to force EPA action on ozone SIP

Environmentalists are threatening to sue EPA in 60 days to finalize action on ozone attainment plans for California’s Ventura County, charging that the agency has unlawfully delayed a decision on five components of the county’s plan. “The EPA’s foot-dragging is literally choking the county’s most vulnerable residents,” said Caroline Cox, research director at the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), in a June 4 press release. “If we’re going to guarantee healthy, clean air for everyone in the country, the EPA...

EPA Seeks Unusual Advice From SAB On Planned Risk Guide Update

EPA is seeking unusual advice from individual members of its Science Advisory Board (SAB), most of whom were appointed by the Trump administration, on how to revise the agency’s cancer and non-cancer risk assessment guidelines, asking a mixture of policy and scientific questions that appear to play to newer members’ de-regulatory interests. According to a list of questions the agency submitted to SAB ahead of its June 5-6 meeting, the agency is seeking to hold a “consultation” with its advisers...


D.C. Circuit Upholds FERC Pipeline Order But Doubts Its Climate Claims

A federal court has dismissed a suit over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of a closely watched natural gas project on procedural grounds, but the court rejected many of FERC’s substantive arguments for avoiding a broad climate change analysis and may provide a roadmap for future litigation. The case Birckhead v. FERC , challenges a Tennessee compressor station designed to increase the capacity of the region’s pipeline network. Observers saw it as an opportunity for environmentalists to expand...


GAO report raises doubts on RFS’ environmental, economic benefits

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report is casting doubt on the environmental and economic benefits of corn ethanol used to meet EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandates, adding to debate over the merits of the program ahead of the agency’s imminent proposed 2020 RFS fuel production goals. The June 3 report , requested by the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee’s regulatory affairs panel, calls into question biofuels sector claims that ethanol provides greenhouse gas reductions...

Window Closing For Full Legal Review Of Vehicle GHG Fight Before 2021

The Trump administration’s delay in issuing its final rule rolling back vehicle greenhouse gas standards has extended long enough that advancing inevitable litigation through both appellate courts and the Supreme Court appears increasingly unlikely before the 2020 election, several observers say. Such appraisals rely on typical litigation timeframes but could change due to an array of variables, including how the fight over likely requests to stay the rule plays out, potential attempts to seek expedited high court review given looming...

Environmentalists Float Data Quality Claim To Obtain Vehicle GHG Model

Environmental groups are petitioning EPA under the Information Quality Act (IQA) to boost pressure on the agency to release its model that could undercut Trump administration claims that Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas rules are too costly, a bid that may bolster legal arguments against the administration’s rollback of the standards. The groups are raising the claims in supplemental comments on the administration’s proposed rollback of vehicle standards, with the comments representing the latest effort to question the agency’s pessimistic assumptions...


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