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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.

East Coast States Warn EPA's CSAPR 'Closeout' Is Unlawful, Inadequate

East Coast states are warning EPA against finalizing its proposed finding that its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program fully satisfies Clean Air Act requirements to curb interstate ozone pollution, telling the agency the proposal is based on faulty and unlawful assumptions about the problems of ozone transport. At an Aug. 1 public hearing on the issue hosted by EPA in Washington, D.C., officials from New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland denounced the proposal, along with the Ozone...

Quoted: EPA vehicle GHG rule proposal prompts mixed reaction

EPA's and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) proposal to freeze Obama-era fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards in place at model year 2020 (MY2020) through MY26 is prompting a mixed reaction, with environmentalists and some state officials decrying the proposed rule while others, including GOP lawmakers, support it. “For Trump to now destroy a law first enacted at the request of Ronald Reagan five decades ago is a betrayal and an assault on the health of Americans everywhere...

Major biofuels group sees progress on E15 waiver, fuel economy

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), a leading biofuels group, says it is optimistic on obtaining an EPA waiver for 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15), and is hailing EPA's consideration of higher blends of biofuels to boost fuel economy in the agency's proposal to freeze federal fuel economy standards for cars at model year 2020 (MY2020) levels. Speaking at a roundtable discussion with reporters Aug. 1 in Washington, D.C., outgoing RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen -- who will hand over...




EPA Proposes Freeze On Vehicle GHG Limits, Revoking California's Waiver

EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have issued their long-awaited rule to “correct” Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards by freezing the program at model year 2020 (MY20) standards, while proposing to revoke California's power to set stricter vehicle GHG standards. The proposal issued Aug. 2 identifies a plan to freeze the MY20 standards through MY26 as the agencies' “preferred alternative” that “reflects a balance of safety, economics, technology, fuel conservation, and pollution reduction,” according...

Carper compares Kavanaugh to Pruitt in bid to block nomination

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the ranking Democrat on the Senate environment committee, is comparing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to ousted EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, in a bid to block the appellate judge's Senate confirmation to the high court. “It is hard to have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness if you don't have clean air,” Carper said during an Aug. 1 rally at the Capitol alongside several advocacy groups opposed to Kavanaugh's nomination . “We just got rid...




Senators Revive Battles Over RFS At Acting EPA Chief Wheeler's Hearing

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler faced a litany of questions on his handling of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from both sides of the aisle during his first congressional hearing as the agency's top official, with legislators reviving a battle over the agency's use of waivers from federal biofuels blending mandates. The Aug. 1 Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) hearing covered a wide range of topics, but the most common was the RFS waivers for small refiners that...

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