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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.

Top Auto Official Sees Vehicle GHG Deal Possible Despite 'Rough' Politics

A key auto industry official is downplaying the substantive differences between the Trump administration, California, automakers and environmentalists on vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules, framing the issue as a political problem that could be overcome by parties willing to reach a deal. “We would love to see a negotiated settlement,” Mitch Bainwol, president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, told reporters alongside a May 8 House Energy & Commerce subcommittee hearing on electric and conventional vehicles. “It is...

California Moves To Ensure Compliance With Current Vehicle GHG Rules

As EPA prepares to weaken its passenger vehicle greenhouse gas standards through model year 2025, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is floating an amendment to the state's nearly identical rule that automakers would only be “deemed to comply” with state standards if their vehicles meet current national limits, not any weaker federal standard. “CARB would take regulatory action as needed to clarify that compliance with any weakened federal standards will not be deemed compliance with CARB standards for the...

Trump directs Pruitt, Perdue to craft RFS reform plan

After a White House meeting, President Donald Trump is directing EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to craft a plan for administrative steps to reform the renewable fuel standard (RFS) including measures to allow year-round sales of 15-percent ethanol blends (E15). At a May 8 White House meeting, Trump ordered Pruitt and Perdue to take steps necessary to allow E15 sales in the summer, when the fuel is currently prohibited under federal fuels regulations, according to Sen...






EPA appears to revive Obama-era plan to streamline fuel rules

The Trump administration appears to be reviving an Obama-era effort to streamline EPA's suite of fuels regulations in order to reduce regulatory burdens, and is planning a meeting in Chicago later this month to update stakeholders, such as fuels groups, on the effort and allow them to weigh in. According to a May 8 Federal Register notice , the May 21-23 workshop “will provide the opportunity for EPA to update stakeholders on its progress regarding this streamlining of the...






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