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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.


Grassley's Strong Defense Of RFS Creates Doubt Over Senate Reform Bill

Sen. Charles Grassley's (R-IA) release of an analysis strongly defending EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) and rejecting refining sector attacks on its compliance mechanism and credit prices is creating fresh doubt over pending Senate efforts to craft legislation that would overhaul the program, including reducing credit prices. “I’m confident that the Renewable Fuel Standard isn’t harming refineries, that other factors are at work, and that the RFS law is working as Congress intended. Once these facts are known, there ought...


D.C. Circuit orders ozone designations report by May 15

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ordered EPA to report to the court by May 15 on the status of all remaining designations of areas meeting or violating the 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS), in a case challenging the agency’s now withdrawn one-year extension of designations. EPA has told federal courts that it intends to complete area designations for the 2015 NAAQS by April 30, except for the San Antonio metropolitan...

Senators Mull Bipartisan Fixes For AFO Air Reporting, RFS Credit Prices

Environment committee senators are voicing support for reaching bipartisan compromise on legislative fixes that would narrow looming EPA emissions reporting requirements for animal feeding operations (AFOs) and separately to address the high price of compliance credits under the agency's renewable fuel standard (RFS). The potential legislation could address some alleged adverse impacts on the agricultural sector from EPA policies that senators debated during a Feb. 7 Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) hearing. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) announced that Sen...

Industry Urges CARB To Ease Truck GHG Certification, Maintain Credits

Truck engine makers are urging California air board officials to ease their proposed Phase 2 greenhouse gas standards for heavy-duty vehicles by removing requirements to independently verify all certification information, and to maintain an existing credit system for advanced technologies to avoid unfairly limiting such credits. The industry requests come ahead of a Feb. 8 California Air Resources Board (CARB) meeting, at which the board will consider approving its proposed "GHG emission standards for medium- and heavy-duty engines and vehicles,...

EPA sends air permit screening tools for OMB review

EPA on Feb. 6 sent for White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pre-publication review guidance on “significant impact levels” (SILs), which are screening tools used by air regulators and industry to determine an industrial project’s compliance with federal air quality standards, according to OMB’s website. In the guidance, EPA addresses SILs for ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5). SILs are helpful to industry project developers seeking to determine whether they need to conduct a full-blown analysis of the...

Environmental Groups Press OMB To Retain EPA Oil And Gas Guidelines

Environmental groups are pushing back against Trump EPA plans to rescind control techniques guidelines (CTG) for emissions of ozone-forming pollutants from the oil and gas sector, arguing in recent White House meetings that the guidelines represent an efficient route for both industry and states to manage the emissions. The arguments comes in response to EPA's seeking White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) approval of its proposal to withdraw the guidelines, after industry argued that they are an unnecessary...




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