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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.

Biodiesel Makers Hope D.C. Circuit, Trump Will Change RFS Import Policy

U.S. biodiesel producers are asking a federal appeals court to reverse its decision upholding EPA's approval of biodiesel imports from Argentina under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), arguing it creates unfair competition with inadequately vetted foreign fuel, while also looking to the Trump EPA to change the imports policy. “Despite unused and available capacity, American biodiesel manufacturers are losing more than a third of the market to foreign imports. Today’s petition asks the court to reconsider EPA’s decision opening the...

Air: Truckers hope Trump can sway pending suit over California waivers

Trucking and construction groups are expressing optimism that they can prevail in their long-pending federal lawsuit challenging a Clean Air Act waiver allowing California to implement more stringent vehicle emission standards than EPA, due to the potential new influence of Trump administration officials. “[We] are encouraged that President Trump’s nominee to head up the U.S. EPA has questioned whether California should be granted the enforcement waivers from the U.S. EPA to institute their own independent air quality regulations,” Joe Rajkovacz,...


CEI Presses Trump EPA To Stop Counting Some 'Co-Benefits' Of Air Rules

The free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is pressing the Trump administration to drop the Obama-era practice of justifying major air rules by counting all the "co-benefits" of reducing pollutants not specifically targeted by the rules -- and is also suggesting that a stricter adherence to Clean Air Act deadlines would avoid excessively strict EPA rules. Among several ideas that CEI is floating for the new administration is the revival of an argument raised by several of the agency's conservative critics...

Refiner's Suit Eyes Alternate Path To Shift EPA's RFS 'Point Of Obligation'

Refiner Valero Energy is suing EPA in federal district court in Texas eyeing an alternate way to force the agency to shift the renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance mandate, or “point of obligation,” from fuel refiners and importers to blenders, saying EPA has failed to meet a Clean Air Act mandate to ensure the duty is “appropriate.” The suit , filed Jan. 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, follows another case that the company...

Air: Lawmakers reintroduce bill to delay, reform NAAQS process

A group of mostly GOP senators has reintroduced a bill that would extend EPA's process for setting national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) and ease future limits, legislation that could win approval given its support from top Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). S. 263 , introduced Feb. 1 by Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) seeks to extend the NAAQS review cycle from the current five years to 10 years, while...

Industry Hails CRA Measure To Undo EPA's RMP Rule But Fate Unclear

Chemical and other manufacturers are hailing the recently introduced Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to undo EPA's rule revising its Risk Management Plan (RMP) facility safety program, but the legislation's fate is unclear as it currently has fewer than 20 co-sponsors and it is unknown whether GOP leaders will give the measure floor time. Industry officials made an 11th-hour push for leadership support for the resolution last week after the rule was not included on a short-list of Obama regulations...

EPA Judge Rejects Bid To Delay Air Act Case Based On Trump Transition

EPA's Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Susan Biro has rejected a request by Chinese motorcycle makers to delay until December a pending agency case claiming the companies' products violated Clean Air Act requirements, saying speculation about the Trump EPA's approach to enforcement is no reason to delay the case. “It is unknown what specific policies or legislation the incoming presidential administration will pursue,” wrote Biro in a Jan. 27 order . “To suggest incoming Agency leadership will alter enforcement of...




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