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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.

Industries Urge EPA To Narrow NSR 'Adjacency' Test Beyond Draft Guide

Major industry groups are praising EPA's draft guidance narrowing when the agency will “aggregate” pollution sources as one source for new source review (NSR) permitting purposes, but are urging EPA to further reduce the scope of aggregation by creating a more-limited definition of when sources are deemed “adjacent” for NSR. A coalition of 10 industry groups including the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and National Mining Association (NMA) in comments obtained by Inside EPA say the guidance fails to resolve...






EPA Faulted For Relying On State Methane Rules But Not Tallying Emissions

EPA's claims that it can rely on state programs to limit methane leaks at oil and gas operations in lieu of federal rules are drawing fire from environmentalists who say that EPA's analysis for its methane rule rollback proposal fails to quantify the pollution cuts -- or lack thereof -- from the state programs. Even as they argue that the state rules are no substitute for federal requirements, advocates are urging states to bolster their oil and gas emissions controls...




Senate Democrats ask EPA for more public engagement on ACE

A coalition of 23 Senate Democrats is urging acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to add 60 days to the public comment period for the agency's proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) utility greenhouse gas rule and to offer more public hearings in addition to the single one the agency held early this month in Chicago. The proposal would modestly curb power plant GHG emissions and replace the more stringent Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) that EPA separately proposed to withdraw. The...

5th Circuit Finds No Time Bar On EPA Injunctive Relief For NSR Violations

A federal appeals court has backed EPA's claim of no time bar on its ability to pursue injunctive relief such as forcing emissions cuts from companies for violations of Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) requirements, rejecting a utility's claim that any bid for injunctive relief must happen within five years of an alleged NSR violation. In an Oct. 1 majority opinion , a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit retains the agency's...

EPA announces five new CASAC members

EPA has announced five new members of its Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), a key advisory body that gives the agency guidance on how to set national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), including several state air regulators and a member of the Army Corps of Engineers. In addition to existing CASAC members Anthony Cox, a consultant and chair of CASAC, and James Boylan of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the seven-member charted CASAC will now include Mark Frampton,...

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