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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.

Environmentalists Hint At Lawsuits Over Delayed Ozone NAAQS Findings

Environmentalists are suggesting they will sue EPA if the if the agency finalizes as proposed its plan to delay deciding which parts of the country have attained the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS), calling the postponement both “illegal” and “inexcusable.” At a Feb. 15 hearing at the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, Sierra Club and others urged EPA to accelerate nonattainment findings, warning the proposed delays are unlawful, even as some states and industry backed the agency’s push...


New York threatens to sue EPA over interstate ozone air petition

New York State is threatening to sue EPA to force the agency to grant or deny its Clean Air Act petition asking for direct federal regulation of air pollution sources in several upwind states that the Empire State says are responsible for much of its problems attaining federal ozone standards. In a Nov. 7 letter to EPA , New York gives 60 days’ notice of its intent to sue EPA in federal district court to force the agency to respond...

Deregulatory Agenda Complicates EPA Messaging On PFAS Actions

The Trump administration's deregulatory agenda rolling back a host of EPA rules appears to be impeding the agency's messaging on its landmark comprehensive action plan aimed at setting environmental protections to address contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). While agency officials unveiled an action plan Feb. 14 to tackle PFAS pollution across several media, critics dismissed the plan for deferring a decision on setting an enforceable drinking water standard for the chemicals -- thought by many to be the...

Pitting Sectors, API Urges EPA To ‘Leverage’ Gas In Coal Plant GHG Rule

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is urging EPA to “leverage” natural gas in its proposed replacement greenhouse gas rule for new coal plants -- pitting “clean, reliable, and affordable natural gas” against coal, which the plan seeks to bolster by easing standards for new plants, even though no new coal plants are being planned. API’s Howard Feldman delivered the request in Feb. 14 testimony at EPA’s public hearing in Washington, D.C., on proposed changes to the 2015 new source performance...

GOP Senators Threaten Wheeler Nomination Over RFS Credit Reform Plan

Five GOP senators say they will have “serious concerns” about acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler’s nomination to head the agency permanently unless he gives them details on a plan to reform the renewable fuel standard (RFS) that satisfies them, which would be enough GOP votes to reject Wheeler in a floor vote if all Democrats oppose him. Their implicit threat to object to Wheeler’s nomination to be permanent EPA administrator is the latest attempt by senators to use the upcoming...




EPA leaves leather products air toxics rule unchanged

EPA has found that there is no need to revise its air toxics standards for the leather finishing sector, according to a just-concluded Clean Air Act residual risk and technology (RTR) review, echoing a series of RTR reviews for other industries in which the agency has made no, or minimal, changes to years-old air toxics rules. The leather finishing RTR rule published in the Feb. 12 Federal Register leaves emissions limits in place for the four facilities subject to...


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