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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.

GOP States Call On Pruitt EPA To Scrap Obama-Era Oil & Gas Methane ICR

GOP state officials are calling on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to scrap an Obama-era information collection request (ICR) seeking data on oil and gas sector methane emissions to inform a potential rule to curb methane from existing drilling operations, with states saying the ICR is “harassment” and opposing such a regulation. The methane ICR should “be suspended and withdrawn. The [final] information request was issued on November, 10, 2016, and requires oil and natural gas companies to provide voluminous information...

Shimkus Sees 'Heavy Lift' On Reforming RFS Due To Fuel Sector Divisions

Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), chair of the House energy panel's environment subcommittee, says it would be a “heavy lift” for Congress to advance sweeping reform of EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) due to divisions among fuel groups over how to proceed, including growing splits between major oil groups and within the ethanol industry. However, lawmakers told reporters at a March 1 briefing that he sees a much easier path to House approval of legislation aimed at easing requirements for states...


Flake reintroduces bills to address air, climate concerns

With support from major industry groups, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has reintroduced three bills aimed at limiting the burdens of EPA's air and climate rules, part of a suite of measures aimed at alleviating local problems in the Southwest that would also have wide national implications, notably for the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) program. Flake introduced the bills Feb. 27 as part of a series of seven land, air and forestry measures he intends to introduce “that will...


States, Utilities Defend Use Of Air Trading To Satisfy Regional Haze Rule

Several states and utilities are defending what they say is their legal right to cite participation in EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program to satisfy pollution control mandates in the agency's regional haze rule, rejecting environmentalists' claims that trading does not guarantee necessary emissions cuts. Environmentalists in new legal briefs filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit are countering that argument by citing a prior decision by the D.C. Circuit invalidating...


Utility MACT critics list costs they claim EPA ignored

States and industry groups opposed to the Obama EPA's power plant maximum achievable control technology (MACT) rule are listing multiple ways in which the agency failed to consider the rule's costs as required by the Supreme Court, though it is not clear how the Trump administration will proceed on the issue. In a reply brief filed Feb. 24 in Murray Energy Corp., et al., v. EPA, et al. , states and industry groups opposed to the MACT standard list ways...

Ethanol Sector Split On Potential Trump Order To Shift RFS 'Obligation' Duty

Major ethanol sector groups are split over a potential executive order (EO) from President Donald Trump that could shift the “point of obligation” compliance mandate under EPA's renewable fuel standard from refiners and importers to fuel blenders and others, creating a fresh obstacle for the effort that has divided two large oil industry organizations. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) which represents ethanol producers as well as oil refiner Valero which owns several corn ethanol...

RFF Eyes Process For Continued Carbon 'Cost' Research In Trump Era

The economic think tank Resources for the Future (RFF) is scoping out options to press forward on research and analysis related to the climate damages metric known as the social cost of carbon (SCC), an effort that could fill gaps left by expected Trump administration disengagement on the issue. RFF is still determining how it will engage on the issue, though the Trump administration has sent numerous signals that it wants to de-emphasize the SCC and climate change efforts more...

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