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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.




EPW Democrats say 'rule of law' requires undoing Pruitt EPA rules

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) Democrats are urging Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to fulfill his vow to “restore the rule of law” at the agency by undoing several rules issued by his predecessor Scott Pruitt, charging that the prior administrator's policies are legally suspect and should be scrapped. “We ask that you return the rule of law at EPA, as you committed to doing in your first address to the agency, by withdrawing pending proposed rules or...


Sierra Club Says EPA Air Permit Petition Denial Unlawfully Sets New Policy

Sierra Club is attacking EPA's landmark denial of the group's petition asking it to object to a Utah-issued Clean Air Act permit for a coal-fired power plant, claiming the decision unlawfully reverses national air permitting policy by excluding consideration of underlying permit conditions in assessing the merits of air law “Title V” air permits. In its Oct. 4 opening brief in Sierra Club v. EPA, et al. , now pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of...


Wehrum calls for dramatic acceleration of NAAQS reviews

Bill Wehrum, head of EPA's Office of Air & Radiation, is calling for dramatic acceleration of the process the agency uses to review its national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), aiming for completed reviews in as little as three and a half to four years -- a far shorter timeframe than the agency typically achieves. "We have to reinvent" what we do when reviewing the agency's six NAAQS, Wehrum told a recent meeting of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee...

Trump Order Approving Year-Round E15 Sales Divides Critics, Supporters

President Donald Trump's issuance of a directive Oct. 9 for EPA to authorize year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) is drawing contrasting reaction from biofuels advocates, their oil industry opponents, environmentalists and others, with supporters saying it will boost E15 while critics warn it risks harming vehicle engines and air quality. Lawmakers told reporters after a meeting with Trump at the White House Oct. 9 that the president has directed EPA to propose approval of E15 fuel for...

EPA Sends Obama-Era MATS Reconsideration Proposal For OMB Review

EPA has sent for White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) pre-publication review its proposal to reconsider the Obama administration's landmark mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) rule for power plants, prompting fresh criticism from environmentalists who warn it will undo public health protections. OMB received the proposal Oct. 5 for mandatory review, according to its website. OMB review typically takes up to 90 days, but can be faster or slower according to the circumstances. EPA air policy chief...

High Court Declines To Review Ruling Limiting EPA's Power To Curb HFCs

The Supreme Court is letting stand an appellate decision that largely vacated EPA's rules restricting the use of refrigerant chemicals that act as potent greenhouse gases, rejecting without comment petitions from environmentalists and some chemical companies that support alternative substances that are less damaging to the climate. The high court's denial of certiorari in Mexichem Fluor v. EPA, et al . is included in its Oct. 9 order list . EPA had backed the Obama-era rules during the initial...

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