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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.

CRS: 'Extremely likely' humans dominant cause of climate change

A new report by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) addressing “evolving assessments” of human's contribution to climate change concludes that there now is high confidence that human influence is the dominant cause, issuing a rebuke to climate skeptics in Congress and in the Trump administration. The Feb. 1 report , “Evolving Assessments of Human and Natural Contributions to Climate Change,” is intended to provide context for the administration's Climate Science Special Report released last October that also concluded humans...

EPA seeks stay of CPP litigation until agency finalizes repeal

EPA is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to continue to hold a lawsuit over the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) in abeyance until the agency completes its work on an already-proposed CPP repeal and possible replacement. The new request to the court comes in a Feb. 9 status report in West Virginia, et al. v. EPA, et al. , a step the court is requiring EPA to complete every 30 days. Supporters of...










Ongoing Power Sector GHG Cuts Could Frustrate Pruitt's CPP Agenda

New EPA data shows the power sector is three-quarters of the way toward meeting the greenhouse gas targets of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) -- over a decade ahead of the rule's 2030 deadline and just three years after it was issued -- a development that could frustrate the Trump administration's plans to revoke the rule and replace it with a much narrower version. Sources say that the dramatic GHG reductions could help environmentalists and other CPP supporters argue...


Sierra Club sues EPA over air permitting policy change

Sierra Club is suing EPA over the agency’s denial of the group’s challenge to a Utah power plant’s air permit, in a case that will test a key change in policy by the Trump EPA in which the agency makes it more difficult to challenge underlying provisions of Clean Air Act “Title V” operating permits. In recently-filed suits in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and also the D.C. Circuit, Sierra Club challenges EPA’s Oct. 16 denial...

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