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.

NACAA Asks EPA To Maintain Health Protections In Air Permitting Reforms

The National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) is asking EPA to ensure that its upcoming “action plan” for overhauling Clean Air Act permit maintains or improves existing public health protections, while pitching reform options including increased resources for training permit writers and more national consistency on permits. The recommendations are included in a wide-ranging Dec. 19 letter to EPA air chief Bill Wehrum from NACAA -- representing many state and local air agencies -- that appears to balance...

Arizona Urges Supreme Court To Hear Air 'Contingency Measures' Appeal

Arizona in a new legal filing is urging the Supreme Court to review a lower court's ruling that said the state cannot rely on existing pollution control measures it has implemented to satisfy a Clean Air Act mandate to craft additional “contingency” measures to cut emissions when areas do not meet targets to reduce air pollution. In a Dec. 18 reply brief filed in Arizona v. Sandra L. Bahr, et al. , the state defends its petition for high court...


Industry coalition attacks EPA regional consistency policy

A coalition of industry groups in a new legal filing is attacking EPA's policy that says regions do not have to adhere to adverse court rulings if they are located outside of the federal appellate circuit that issued the decision, with the groups saying the policy ignores Clean Air Act requirements for consistency across its regional offices. The National Environmental Development Association's Clean Air Project (NEDA/CAP), American Petroleum Institute and Air Permitting Forum in their Dec. 18 brief to the...

D.C. Circuit Sets January Deadline For EPA Plan On Ozone Designations

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is forcing EPA to file a report by Jan. 12 detailing “with precision and specificity” when it plans to issue a final rule designating all areas as either attaining or exceeding the 2015 ozone air standard, after Administrator Scott Pruitt floated then withdrew a designations delay. The decision marks a loss for the agency, which has until now only issued more than half of the total number of designations...

Critics Signal Suit Over EPA's Methane Rule Delay Due To Air Law Conflicts

Previewing almost certain litigation, state and environmentalist critics of the Trump EPA's proposal to delay implementation of its methane standards for new oil and gas equipment are charging that the plan is unlawful because it conflicts with a Clean Air Act requirement to significantly limit emissions and lacks a sufficient technical basis. However, industry supporters of the move are backing EPA's legal authority and are offering a host of implementation issues that they claim support the need for staying the...






EPA Eyes Dropping Ozone Guide In Face Of Oil & Gas Industry Criticism

EPA is seeking White House approval of a proposal to withdraw Obama-era guidelines states use for reducing ozone-forming emissions from the oil and gas industry in areas out of attainment with the agency's ambient air quality standards for the pollutant, after the sector attacked the guidelines as an unnecessary extra layer of regulation. “In this action, the EPA requests comment on potentially withdrawing these guidelines in their entirety,” says a White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) explanation of...

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