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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 Could Face Lawsuits To Force 'Jobs' Reviews Of Water, Waste Rules

A group opposed to “government overreach” is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit to uphold a district court's order for EPA to quickly assess the employment impacts of Obama-era air rules, signaling that the agency could soon face lawsuits to compel similar jobs reviews of rules issued under federal water and waste laws. The Cause of Action (COA) Institute hints at the suits in an amicus brief filed April 7 in the case Murray Energy, et...








Biofuels Sector Pushes Back Against Draft EPA Vehicle, Fuel Staff Cuts

The biofuels industry is strongly opposing Trump administration plans to slash funding for EPA's vehicle and fuels standards and testing program, arguing such cuts could further delay approval of new feedstocks under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and potentially thwart efforts to examine the fuel efficiency benefits of high-octane ethanol blends. “We do not need more delays. We need to clear the backlog,” said Biotechnology Innovation Organization's (BIO) Brent Erickson in response to a query from Inside EPA. Erickson fears...

Environmentalists Say EPA Lacks Legal Basis To Delay Ozone NAAQS Suit

Environmentalists are urging a federal appeals court to reject EPA's request to delay April 19 oral argument in litigation over the Obama-era decision to tighten the federal ozone limit, saying the agency's “thin excuse” to postpone argument while it weighs potential reconsideration of the rule falls far short of the legal basis for a delay. “EPA has failed to provide the requisite 'extraordinary cause' for postponing the argument,” says an April 10 response filed by environmentalists to the agency's April...


States Plan Proposals To Achieve EPA Goals In Lieu Of Agency Guidance

States are preparing to craft plans for achieving EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's top priorities including compliance with ambient air standards and accelerating Superfund cleanups, taking the lead on defining the metrics for meeting Pruitt's priorities because the agency's scant political leadership is ill-equipped to develop such guidance. Speaking to Inside EPA at the Environmental Council of the States' (ECOS) spring meeting April 7 in Washington, D.C., immediately following Pruitt's keynote address there, ECOS President and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency...

Coal Producer Details GHG Policies To Boost Sector's 'Long-Term' Future

Seeking to ensure a “long-term” future for coal, a major producer is urging the Trump administration to provide policy incentives for technologies that control greenhouse gases, amend the Clean Air Act to ease GHG rules for new power plants and remain in the Paris climate agreement in an effort to make the pact friendlier to fossil fuels. The public advocacy -- from Cloud Peak Energy, a Powder River Basin producer -- marks what is likely the first affirmative climate policy...

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