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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.

States Back Environmentalists’ Bid To Preserve IRIS’ EtO Value For Air Rules

State regulators are joining environmentalists in urging EPA to continue using strict risk values for ethylene oxide (EtO), developed by its embattled Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program, in its air toxics rules for hydrochloric acid (HCl) plants, though the states stop short of threatening to sue over the issue as environmentalists are. In its March 28 comments , the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), representing air regulators from 41 states, says “it is correct and appropriate for...

EPA reopens comment period on ‘citizen science’ ICR after pushback

EPA is reopening the public comment period on its proposed renewal of an information collection request (ICR) for the agency’s use of “citizen science” data collected through personal monitors and other devices, after the fertilizer industry pushed back due to concerns the data fails to meet standard scientific requirements. In an April 29 Federal Register notice , EPA says it will take a fresh round of public input on the plan for 30 days until May 29. The prior...

Coal sector touts RES cost study, while NRDC cites big errors

The coal industry is touting a draft University of Chicago study finding that renewable electricity standards (RES) boost electricity prices, arguing that such standards are a “road to nowhere,” though the sector's claims go beyond what the study authors found. Meanwhile, environmentalists are sharply criticizing the study, pointing to several areas where it made questionable claims and charging it is “light on facts.” The dueling reactions show how quickly the draft study is entering the political debate over renewable energy...

EPA Approval Of Texas ‘Affirmative Defense’ Hints At National Policy Shift

EPA is proposing to approve Texas’ plan to offer an “affirmative defense” shielding companies from certain Clean Air Act enforcement actions when air law violations are due to unplanned events, suggesting a possible shift in national policy from the Obama administration’s general prohibition on states being able to offer the waiver. In a proposal slated for publication in the April 29 Federal Register , the Trump administration splits from the Obama-era position that a federal appeals court ruling barring use...


Ford acknowledges criminal probe over emissions

Ford Motor Company is under criminal investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) over its internal emissions testing, according to a filing the company made to the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). The April 25 SEC filing says DOJ “opened a criminal investigation into” a previously reported concern “involving its U.S. emissions certification process.” The issue relates to “road load estimations, including analytical modeling and coastdown testing,” which deal with measurements of the forces -- such as aerodynamic drag or...

EPA Expected To Make ‘Fixes’ To NSR Proposal After Split From ACE

EPA is expected to take steps to “fix” several problems, including how emissions increases are calculated, in its proposal to ease new source review (NSR) permitting rules for coal plants, a plan originally part of the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to limit the plants’ greenhouse gases but from which it is now being split. The planned changes will seek to better link “causation” of the action to the emissions change as well as to revise alternative test methods for...

Keystone foes seek to preserve push for new NEPA review

Environmental groups are pressing a federal appeals court to preserve a current construction ban and ongoing litigation against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, resisting Trump administration claims that a new permit for the project renders the fight moot and pressing the government to address flaws in the project's environmental review. The calls, in a new legal filing in the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, oppose recent motions by the Justice Department (DOJ) and project backer...

API doubts EPA will grant call to extend E15 comment deadline

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is urging EPA to extend by 30 days the April 29 deadline for input on the agency’s proposal to allow sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) year-round and to overhaul the market for biofuel credits, though API doubts EPA will grant the request as it faces political pressure to finalize the plan by June 1. On a conference call with reporters April 25, API Vice President of Downstream and Industry Operations Frank Macchiarola noted...


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