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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.

EPA Rule Easing Fuel Ethanol Limits Projects Little Increase In E15 Use

EPA’s final rule authorizing summertime sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) to help meet renewable fuel standard goals projects very little increase in use of the fuel -- despite the insistence of EPA air chief Bill Wehrum that it will increase E15 sales significantly and mark a big “win” for ethanol producers. “We believe that providing E15 with the . . . waiver will not result in a significant expansion of E15 offered at retail stations,” the final rule...


Flurry Of OMB Meetings On ACE Suggests EPA Nearing Final Regulation

The White House regulatory officials are hosting a series of meetings for outside groups to make one last pitch for changes they would like to see in EPA’s forthcoming final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to limit coal power plants’ greenhouse gases, suggesting the final rule could be signed by the end of June as EPA has planned. The meetings, hosted by Office of Management & Budget (OMB) and other administration officials, could wrap up as soon as June 6,...

Klobuchar opposes EPA’s RFS small refiner waivers

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, wants to curb EPA’s issuance of waivers from renewable fuels standard (RFS) biofuel blending requirements, according to remarks on the campaign trail aimed at boosting her support in key agricultural states. According to remarks reported by Reuters and other outlets May 28, Klobuchar on a campaign stop in Iowa over the weekend said the waivers for small refiners are “misguided,” and that financial institutions are manipulating the biofuels...

EDF Deal May Hamper Any Challenge To Novel EPA Air Trading Plan

EPA is proposing a potentially precedent-setting voluntary emissions trading system for an area in Utah to ease oil and gas extraction permitting, though environmentalists, who say the plan is likely inadequate to curb ozone, may be reluctant to challenge it because of a novel deal they have reached with a local tribe not to challenge a related permit “streamlining” plan. The agency announced the draft plan in an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking published in the May 24 Federal Register...

Refiner Echoes EPA, D.C. Circuit Arguments With Defense Of RFS Waivers

Merchant refiner HollyFrontier is defending EPA’s policy on issuance of waivers from renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance from an appellate court suit filed by biofuel producers, echoing agency arguments that proved successful in defending the waivers in a related lawsuit recently decided by the same court. In Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) v. EPA , pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, biofuel producers are challenging EPA’s alleged 2017 shift in policy that cleared the...

Industry, California Appear Far Apart On ‘Voluntary’ Truck NOx Plan

The trucking sector and California regulators appear to be far from reaching agreement on the industry’s proposed “voluntary” program to achieve national nitrogen oxides (NOx) emission cuts sooner than what is expected under an EPA rule, with state officials concerned that the industry plan is too weak. California’s concerns -- and critiques from other observers -- point to difficulties in translating broad calls for new national NOx standards into an approach that could use voluntary efforts to reconcile the Golden...


Emails show EPA staff opposed Wisconsin ozone designations change

EPA staff opposed the Trump administration’s 2018 decision to sharply limit areas of Wisconsin designated “nonattainment” for federal ozone standards in order to allow development of a major computer parts factory in the state, according to emails released to environmental groups who are suing the agency over the change. Lars Perlmutt, an EPA health scientist, wrote in one of the emails, “I have a background in air pollution health effects and more specifically on acute exposures, so for me personally,...

As Biden Readies Plan, Democrats Jockey On Climate In 2020 Race

As environmentalists and rival campaigns await a detailed climate change policy rollout from former Vice President Joe Biden, the early front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, less popular candidates are continuing to jockey on the issue as a way to shore up support among primary voters. Other candidates, including Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), have floated an array of plans that seek deep greenhouse gas cuts in various...

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