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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.


D.C. Circuit Judges Doubt Case Seeking More Public Input On Air Monitors

Appellate judges at Dec. 10 oral argument appeared to doubt the merits of a Sierra Club lawsuit that aims to force EPA to increase opportunities for public input on states' air quality monitoring plans, questioning the group's claim that a recent agency emissions monitoring policy revision weakened public input rather than strengthening it. In particular, Judge Stephen Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit doubted Sierra Club's claim that EPA weakened air monitoring requirements...

Conservatives Eye Data Law To Force Retraction Of Trump's Climate Study

Conservatives usually allied with the Trump administration are considering filing a data quality petition to force officials to withdraw or correct their recently released National Climate Assessment (NCA), charging it is flawed, undercuts the president's pledges to reexamine climate science and will drive suits to force regulatory action. Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) who also led the Trump administration's EPA transition team after the 2016 election, says he believes...

Final CSAPR 'Close-Out' Rule Details EPA Defense Of Interstate Air Policy

EPA's final rule to “close-out” the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program offers a broad defense of the agency's policy on reducing interstate air pollution that could help it defend the close-out rule from legal attacks, and that it might also use in ongoing suits aiming to force stricter EPA rules on the pollution. The rule released Dec. 7 finds that 20 Eastern states need do nothing beyond existing requirements in order to fulfill their Clean Air Act...

Wheeler Gives Uncertain Defense Of CO2 Levels In Power Plant NSPS Rollback

Correction Appended Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is offering a relatively uncertain defense of the carbon dioxide standards in the agency's just-proposed rollback of Obama-era requirements for new coal plants, telling reporters that the proposed limits might be tightened in response to comments on the plan. During his Dec. 6 rollout of the plan at agency headquarters, Wheeler sought to focus on the part of the proposal that would remove a de facto requirement that new coal plants...

GM Plant Closures Point To Muddled Politics Of Auto GHG Rule Rollback

General Motors' recent plans to idle several auto assembly plants in Michigan, Ohio and elsewhere appears to be muddying the Trump administration's hope for a political victory from its roll back of vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas rules, even as GM cited market trends that industry has long argued require eased standards. The plant closures -- and the associated 14,000 job losses -- come amid automaker heartburn over Trump administration tariff fights over steel and aluminum as well as...

EPA issues final rule to 'close-out' CSAPR

EPA has issued its final rule to “close-out” the Obama-era Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) interstate air trading program, after finding that its 2016 update to CSAPR satisfies a Clean Air Act “good neighbor” mandate for upwind states to reduce emissions hindering downwind states' ability to attain federal air standards. In the final rule released Dec. 6 ahead of its publication in the Federal Register , EPA says that CSAPR has over the last few years helped in significantly cutting...




EPA's New Coal Plant Rollback Proposes Significant Increase In CO2 Rate

The Trump administration's imminent proposal to roll back the Obama administration's greenhouse gas rule for new coal-fired power plants will dramatically raise the allowable emissions rate of carbon dioxide by almost 60 percent for some units, a move that will end the current rule's implied mandate for partial carbon capture, according to an EPA statement obtained by Inside EPA . Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler is slated to announce the proposal during an afternoon event Dec. 6 at EPA headquarters. The...

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