Air

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.

Texas' Rule Suspension Intensifies Uncertainty Over Air Law Regulatory Exemptions

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has suspended a host of state environmental rules due to Hurricane Harvey, though the indefinite suspension has intensified uncertainty over the future of the states' pre-existing regulatory exemptions for periods of startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM), which the Obama EPA sought to remove but which the Trump administration is reconsidering. In view of the hurricane emergency, Abbott Aug. 28 approved a wide-ranging request from Richard Hyde, executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality...

Panel Backs Call For Ammonia-Based NAAQS, Boosting Environmentalists

Members of EPA's panel examining the ecological effects of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter (PM) are urging the agency to set a national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for nitrogen to mitigate rising ammonia emissions, a long-standing but so far unsuccessful goal of environmentalists. On a conference call Aug. 31 to discuss a draft letter and report to EPA on the agency's draft integrated science assessment (ISA), synthesizing scientific studies on the ecological effects of...

Judge dismisses Wyoming's suit over VW defeat devices

A federal district judge has rejected Wyoming's bid for separate Clean Air Act and other penalties against Volkswagen (VW) for its emissions cheating scandal, saying the air law bars states from enforcing EPA-approved limits on pollution from “new” vehicles unless they adopt California's emissions standards. The Aug. 31 ruling , by District Judge Charles R. Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, says that even though Wyoming did not take part in the landmark case...


Court rejects Texas haze plan deadline extension

A federal district court has rejected an effort by EPA and Texas to extend by 15 months -- from Sept. 9 until Dec. 31 2018 -- a deadline for the agency to either impose a federal plan directly regulating regional haze in Texas, or approve a Texas plan to do the same, winning praise from environmentalists opposed to the delay. In an Aug. 31 order , Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia...








Texas, utility push 5th Circuit as venue for SO2 designations suit

Texas and electric utility Luminant are seeking to ensure arguments over EPA's designation of four areas in Texas as “nonattainment” for federal sulfur dioxide (SO2) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) are heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and not in the D.C. Circuit as EPA wants. The State of Texas and Luminant are challenging the four designations as part of a larger lawsuit , Samuel Masias, et al. v. EPA, et al ., that...

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