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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.




Environmentalists Seek High Court Order For CPP Critics To Justify Stay

Environmentalists are asking Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to require opponents of the Obama EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP) utility greenhouse gas rule to explain why the court's almost two-and-a-half year stay of the rule should remain in effect, noting that the legal challenges to the rule that prompted the stay have halted. Several environmental groups that support the rule raised the issue in a July 27 letter to Roberts in the case West Virginia, et al. v. EPA,...


10th Circuit backs states, EPA on 'exceptional' air law waivers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in a new ruling is bolstering EPA's discretion to approve states' applications for Clean Air Act regulatory exemptions for “exceptional events,” such as dust storms or wildfires, backing the agency's approval of dozens of requests from Colorado over environmentalists' objections. In its unanimous July 24 ruling in Robert Ukeiley v. EPA, et al. , a three-judge panel backs EPA's discretion to grant Colorado exemptions from compliance with “coarse” particulate matter (PM10)...

Late EPA Input Seen Unlikely To Yield Major Changes To Vehicle GHG Plan

The Trump administration appears unlikely to make major changes to its upcoming proposal to roll back vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, despite EPA in recent days having sought 11th-hour changes to the measure including addition of additional scenarios and analysis to shore up its defensibility, sources say. “I do not expect major changes, I do not expect additional options,” says one industry source following the issue. The upcoming Trump administration vehicle plan -- a joint proposal from EPA...




Facing Court Deadline, EPA Withdraws Glider Truck Enforcement Waiver

Faced with a looming court deadline to defend its actions, EPA has withdrawn its controversial July 6 policy waiving enforcement of restrictions on the production of high-emitting glider truck kits, acknowledging it is inconsistent with pre-existing EPA policy that restricts such no action assurances to “extremely unusual” circumstances. “After consultation with the [EPA's air, enforcement and general counsel offices], and information before me . . . I have concluded that the application of current regulations to the glider industry does...


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