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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.


Biofuels, Oil Sectors Poised For Competing Arguments Over 2017 EPA RFS

Biofuels and oil sector groups are poised to raise competing claims over alleged flaws in EPA's 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) at Oct. 5 appellate court arguments, with the biofuels industry saying the agency set fuel production targets too low while refiners are battling over which entities should have the “point of obligation” burden for RFS compliance. A panel of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, comprising Judges Nina Pillard, Gregory Katsas and Stephen Williams, will...

D.C. Circuit agrees to reschedule argument in air monitoring policy suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is agreeing to the Sierra Club's unopposed request to reschedule oral argument that had been slated for Nov. 7 in the group's suit over EPA rules on state plans for air quality monitoring, which Sierra Club claims do not allow for adequate public scrutiny of monitoring networks. In an Oct. 3 order, the court agrees to environmentalists' request to reschedule argument in Sierra Club v. EPA until a...






EPA eyes reconsideration of Obama-era startup, shutdown 'SIP Call'

EPA air policy chief Bill Wehrum is leaning toward formally reconsidering an Obama-era rule that forced states to abandon Clean Air Act emissions limit waivers in their state implementation plans (SIPs) for complying with federal air rules, saying he disagrees with some of the decisions made in finalizing the June 2015 "SIP Call" rule. Speaking to reporters on the margins of a recent Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) meeting in Arlington, VA, Wehrum said that personally, "I don't agree...

D.C. Circuit Judges Ask Tough Questions In Suit Over EPA CSAPR Update

A three-judge appellate panel at Oct. 3 oral argument asked tough questions of all sides in litigation over the Obama EPA's “update” to its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), including what authority the agency has to craft interstate air pollution rules that fail to guarantee states will attain federal air standards by statutory deadlines. U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Judges Patricia Millett, Sri Srinivasan and Robert Wilkins heard more than three hours of argument in...

California, Environmentalists Ask Court To Revive 'Once In' Air Toxics Policy

California and environmental groups are asking a federal appeals court to restore EPA's former “once in, always in” (OIAI) policy of regulating industrial facilities as “major” air toxics sources even when they cut emissions below major source thresholds, arguing the Trump administration's decision to scrap the policy is unlawful and will boost pollution. In separate briefs filed Oct. 1 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the case California Communities Against Toxics, et al....


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