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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.


Maine bids for exclusion from Ozone Transport Commission

Maine is petitioning EPA to exclude most of the state from the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) region of Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states where emissions controls are tougher than elsewhere, citing improved air quality in the state. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hosted a public hearing in Augusta, ME, July 30 to discuss its draft petition to exclude the state from the 12-state OTC region, or OTR, with the exception of 10 coastal towns and Acadia National Park. The...

EPA Seeks To Dismiss Suits Over Withdrawn Glider Enforcement Waiver

EPA is asking a federal appeals court to dismiss pending legal challenges by several states and environmentalists to the agency's withdrawn enforcement waiver of restrictions on production of high-emitting glider trucks, arguing that the legal fight is now moot because that the agency has since scrapped the waiver. The request, made in a July 30 motion filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is the latest development in the maneuvering over the enforcement policy,...

EPA shipping emissions study might help push to weaken ECA

EPA is launching a study into the effects of fuel sulfur restrictions on the cost of short-sea shipping off the U.S. coast, which might serve as a pretext to weaken emissions controls requirements in the North American shipping emissions control area (ECA) that are a key part of the agency's strategy to curb air pollution. At a meeting and webinar hosted by EPA at its Washington, D.C., headquarters July 30, agency officials outlined their plan to study the effects of...

District court compels EPA action on California ozone plan

A federal district court in California has set deadlines for EPA to approve or disapprove components of the state's plan to attain agency ozone standards, rejecting EPA's request to stay proceedings pending resolution of petitions to rehear an appeals court ruling that partially scrapped the agency's approach to implementing the standards. In a July 24 ruling in Association of Irritated Residents (AIR) v. EPA, et al. , the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California sets deadlines for...




Supreme Court rejects DOJ bid to halt youths' climate case

The Supreme Court is rejecting an unusual request by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to halt a case proceeding in district court that is slated to go to trial this fall where 21 youth plaintiffs are alleging the U.S. government is violating the Constitution by failing to protect them from the harms of climate change. Retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who oversees cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, posted a July 30 notice in the docket...


New York City to appeal climate nuisance suit dismissal

New York City will appeal a ruling by a federal district court judge dismissing its lawsuit seeking to recoup climate change-related damages from major oil companies, becoming the first city to move to take the issue to a higher court following a series of other dismissals of similar litigation. Attorneys for Mayor Bill di Blasio gave notice in a July 26 filing that they will seek review by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit of Judge John...

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