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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.

EPA finalizes rule easing compliance with incinerator air standards

EPA has issued a final rule easing industrial sectors’ compliance with incinerator air standards, making a series of technical revisions sought by industry groups to the Obama-era standards including alternative measures of compliance, delaying compliance deadlines and easing some reporting requirements, among other changes. The final rule published in the Federal Register April 16 makes a series of “corrections” and “clarifications” to the 2016 rule that updated new source performance standards for commercial and industrial solid waste incinerators (CISWI)...

Court Enters EPA Pact With Aftermarket Parts Firm But Harley Pact Pending

A federal district court has entered a contested consent decree between EPA and an aftermarket parts maker that environmentalists had argued was too weak, even as the Justice Department awaits court approval on a similar, long-pending pact with Harley Davidson that has also drawn state and environmentalist opposition. Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on April 16 entered the proposed consent decree between the two parties in United States v. Derive Systems Inc...

Despite Uncertainties, Automakers Back EPA Bid To Ease Vehicle GHG Rules

Automaker trade groups are bolstering the Trump EPA's defense of its determination that vehicle greenhouse gas standards should be weakened, despite uncertainties about whether they will publicly support the administration's specific regulations to rollback the rules. In an April 15 brief filed in State of California, et al., v. EPA in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Alliance of Automobile Manufactures and Association of Global Automakers argue that the Trump administration's relatively short...

Utilities depart UARG after Wehrum probe begins

At least three investor-owned utilities have left the Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG), the power sector lobbying group, in the wake of House Democrats’ investigation into ties between the influential group and EPA air chief Bill Wehrum, whose former law firm represents UARG. Dominion Energy, Duke Energy and DTE Energy in recent days have dropped their membership from UARG, which lobbies on behalf of major coal-fired generators in an effort to weaken or scrap EPA rules affecting the sector. Politico...

Northeast states back suit over interstate ozone petition denials

New Jersey and New York are intervening in support of an appellate suit filed by Delaware, Maryland, and environmental groups that asks a federal appellate court to vacate EPA’s denial of Clean Air Act section 126 petitions that seek to force the agency to impose source-specific pollution cuts in upwind states. In an April 12 intervenor brief , the Empire State, Garden State, and New York City ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to...


EPA floats boat-engine air rule compliance delay

EPA has sent for White House review a proposal expected to give boat owners more time to comply with longstanding agency requirements to reduce emissions from marine diesel engines. The White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) on April 10 received the proposed rule to “address concerns about the limited availability of certified Tier 4 engines that are appropriate for certain vessels,” according a OMB’s website. Tier 4 engines are compliant with EPA’s strict emissions standards for marine engines...

Environmentalists sue EPA to force coke oven air toxics standards

Environmentalists have followed though on their threat to sue EPA in a bid to force issuance of revised Clean Air Act toxics standards for coke ovens used for iron and steelmaking, saying the ovens emit known carcinogens and that the agency is years behind schedule in complying with an air law mandate to revise the standards. Earthjustice on behalf of several environmental groups filed suit April 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to declare...


EPA Staff Crafts New Analysis Of Flaws, Possible Fixes For Vehicle GHG Plan

EPA staff has prepared a new draft review that includes possible remedies for widely criticized assumptions in the Trump administration's proposed freeze of vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, assumptions that critics say artificially boost the safety, cost and other benefits of the proposal while understating its environmental impacts. It is not clear whether the analysis will significantly alter the pending joint rulemaking with the Transportation Department (DOT), amid numerous signs that the administration is poised to finalize a...

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