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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 Slated To Defend CSAPR 'Update' Rule At D.C. Circuit Oral Argument

EPA at Oct. 3 oral argument in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is slated to defend the Obama-era “update” to the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program, fighting East Coast states' and environmentalists' claims that the rule is too weak and utilities' and other states' claims that it is too strict. Judges Sri Srinivasan, Patricia Millett and Robert Wilkins -- all appointed by former President Barack Obama -- will hear the consolidated...

Sierra Club, EPA reopen talks in RFS study case

EPA and the Sierra Club are resuming settlement talks in a key test case where EPA missed a deadline to conduct congressionally mandated studies on the environmental impacts of its renewable fuel standard (RFS) after talks failed earlier this year under former Administrator Scott Pruitt's “sue-and-settle” policy that is prohibitive of settlements. In a Sept. 14 joint motion in the case, Sierra Club v. Wheeler , in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the parties “jointly move to...

Industries Query EPA On States' 'Beyond The Fenceline' Flexibility In ACE

Utility and other industry groups are querying EPA on whether states will have flexibility to rely on greenhouse gas reduction strategies “beyond the fenceline” of power plants when crafting compliance plans for the agency's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) utility GHG plan, seeking credit for steps such as off-site renewable power projects. “States should have the authority to use those kinds” of strategies, which could also include energy efficiency, said Frank Prager, vice president of policy and strategy at utility Xcel...

Backers, Critics Of EPA's ACE Plan Spar Over Role Of Low-GHG Market Shift

Supporters and opponents of EPA's newly proposed power sector greenhouse gas rule are sparring over how any new measure should interact with market trends toward lower-carbon generation, with environmentalists arguing EPA should strengthen its rule to bolster such trends while industry is praising the plan for largely relying on such shifts. The competing views were aired during EPA's Oct. 1 hearing in Chicago on its proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, a narrow measure that would replace the Obama-era Clean...

SAB Rejects Panel's Advice On EPA's CO2 Accounting For Biomass Energy

EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) is poised to finalize recommendations that EPA account for biomass emissions and regrowth within a specific policy context, rather than over a long time horizon where the two are equal, as recommended by an SAB panel that deliberated over the issue for seven years. The full SAB made the decision to move forward with a policy timeline-focused report at a Sept. 26 meeting, despite comments and a Sept 24 letter opposing the board's report from...


Wheeler seeks to affirm commitment to children's health

Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler sought to reaffirm his commitment to protecting children's health at an event intended to celebrate National Child Health Day Oct. 1, though his efforts failed to assuage criticism from environmentalists over the agency's decision last week to remove the head of its children's health office. “Children's health is a top priority at EPA, and we have made tremendous progress improving air and water quality and helping kids and families lead healthier lives,” Wheeler said. “There are...




API urges EPA against granting year-round E15 fuel waiver

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is urging EPA against apparent plans to soon issue a federal fuel volatility limits waiver allowing year-round sale of ethanol blends up to 15 percent (E15), warning the move could disrupt the renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance credit market and hinting at potential litigation over the decision. Frank Macchiarola, downstream group director for API, told reporters on a Sept. 28 call that EPA is expected to grant the waiver in October, alongside reforms to the...

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