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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.

After California Threat, EPA To ‘Speak Closely’ With Other States Over SIPs

EPA is vowing to “speak closely” with states over their delayed plans for attainment of federal air quality standards, says a top agency official, following the Trump administration’s threat to withhold federal highway funding from California unless the state acts quickly to submit “approvable” air quality plans to EPA. Speaking to reporters on background on a Sept. 24 teleconference, the agency official defended the threat, made in a Sept. 24 letter from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to California Air Resources...

EPA Methane NSPS Plan Spurs Debate On ‘Significant’ GHG Contribution

EPA has formally published its proposal to scuttle methane controls for new oil and gas facilities and block limits on existing sources, kicking off a two-month public comment period that could feature a prominent debate on defining whether this sector or other industries pose a “significant” danger in terms of greenhouse gas pollution. The proposal also appears likely to generate significant controversy over its attempt to segment the oil and gas sector into smaller subcategories, a decision that could also...


EPA Denial Of New York Ozone Petition Contradicts Interstate Air Ruling

EPA’s denial of New York’s Clean Air Act petition seeking federal regulation of out-of-state ozone sources appears to be at odds with a federal appeals court’s ruling days earlier that requires the agency’s primary interstate air pollution rule to respect states’ deadlines under the air law for attaining national air ambient quality standards (NAAQS). In a final rule signed by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Sept. 20, but not yet published in the Federal Register , the agency denies New York’s...

House Democrats Link DOJ Auto Antitrust Probe To Broader Trump Inquiry

Top Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are linking the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) antitrust investigation into four automakers who signed California’s voluntary agreement to cut greenhouse gases to their broader investigation of alleged corruption and “abuses of power” by President Donald Trump. A Sept. 19 letter from Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and antitrust panel Chairman David Cicilline (D-RI) to White House counsel Pat Cipollone and DOJ antitrust division chief Makan Delrahim seeks information about Trump’s “latest apparent...


D.C. Circuit denies rehearing of EPA air monitoring policy suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied environmentalists’ petition seeking to rehear their suit that unsuccessfully challenged EPA’s requirements for states’ air quality monitoring plans, in which Sierra Club sought a far-reaching ruling to overcome a 60-day deadline for suing over agency rules. The court in a Sept. 19 per curiam ruling rejects Sierra Club’s petition for the whole court to rehear the case en banc and says that no member of...

Denver Ozone Fight Tests Trump EPA’s Policy On International Emissions

A fight between Colorado and the local oil and gas industry over ozone air regulation in the state could serve as an early test of the Trump EPA’s policy that makes it easier for states to avoid being penalized for being out of attainment with federal ambient air standards by accounting for air pollution from overseas in attainment findings. In recent comments to the agency, oil and gas groups and other industry organizations are urging EPA to drop its proposed...

D.C. Circuit Will Decide CSAPR ‘Close-Out’ Suit Without Oral Argument

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will decide states and environmentalists’ case against EPA’s “close-out” of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program without hearing oral argument, in what may be a bad omen for EPA’s chances of successfully defending the rule. “The court concludes, on its own motion, that oral argument will not assist the court in these consolidated cases. Accordingly, the court will dispose of the petitions for review without oral...


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