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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.

Industry groups float economic study supporting HFC deal

Two refrigeration industry trade groups are outlining the economic benefits of the United States ratifying a global deal to phase down the use of refrigerants that act as potent greenhouse gases, part of an effort to persuade the White House to embrace the agreement given uncertainty about the administration's position. The groups sent the April analysis to the Trump administration May 3, a document they say supports ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to limit production and...

EPA Floats More-Flexible Audit Policy For New Oil & Gas Facility Owners

EPA has released a new draft self-audit policy giving new owners of oil and gas facilities more latitude to negotiate timeframes for fixing equipment leaks, following through with prior agency suggestions that its current policy should be streamlined to address numerous oil and gas operations and a pattern of Clean Air Act violations at such facilities. Once finalized, the draft would replace a default presumption under the current 2008 audit policy that new owners have 60 days to correct environmental...

EPA Rejects States' Call For Large Multi-State Ozone Nonattainment Areas

EPA in its latest round of designations for areas attaining or violating the 2015 ozone air standard has rejected calls from some East Coast states and environmentalists to create large multi-state nonattainment areas with stricter pollution control mandates, saying states should pursue other Clean Air Act options to address ozone air transport. But several of the mechanisms that EPA suggests states can use to claim attainment -- for example air law provisions allowing states to win the status if they...

Sierra Club seeks to keep key air permit suit in D.C. Circuit

Sierra Club in a new legal filing is fighting EPA's call to transfer a suit over a key air permit from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to the 10th Circuit, claiming the suit has national scope because the agency shifted its overall Clean Air Act permitting policy through denying an objection to the permit. Environmentalists are suing EPA in the D.C. Circuit and the 10th Circuit in suits both called Sierra Club v. EPA...




'Flexible' Vehicle GHG Push May Require Stronger Automaker Advocacy

An electric vehicle (EV) coalition's plan urging EPA to retain Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas rules while making them more flexible offers a fresh indication of industry resistance to draft Trump administration plans to scuttle the program, but it may not be enough to blunt momentum for a drastic rollback without more public intervention by automakers, according to observers. The May 2 proposal from the National Coalition for Advanced Transportation (NCAT) calls for expanding compliance credits for EVs and alternative vehicles...

Split Power Sector Signals Broad Openness To EPA's CPP Repeal Plan

Major power sector trade groups are not standing in the way of the Trump EPA's proposal to repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) utility greenhouse gas rule, and some are actively applauding the plan along with several other industry associations even as environmentalists detail legal arguments against the move. In recently filed formal comments on EPA's CPP repeal plan, the agency also continues to receive calls from a broad swath of groups to craft a replacement rule -- a...


Wehrum Aids Industry By Raising Bar For 'Aggregation' In NSR Air Permits

EPA air chief William Wehrum is aiding industry groups in their bid to avoid strict Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permits by raising the bar for when emissions sources must be “aggregated,” or combined, and counted as a single source -- one of several policy steps the Trump administration is taking to ease the NSR program. Wehrum announced the policy change in an April 30 memo to Patrick McDonnell, Pennsylvania's environment secretary, finding that a landfill in the...

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