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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.

Trump 'Close' To Granting Annual E15 Waiver, Contradicting EPA's Wheeler

President Donald Trump says he is “very close” to allowing year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol (E15) fuel, but the remarks appear to contradict acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler's recent statement that he will not implement a renewable fuel standard reform (RFS) package that included biofuels makers' push for annual E15 sales. At an event in Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, IA, July 26, Trump touted his efforts to open new markets for U.S. farmers, amid debate in rural...

EPA seeks speedy OMB review for Clean Power Plan replacement

EPA has asked the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to quickly review its draft proposed rule to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), and is hoping that the office will complete its review next month and clear the way for the agency to take final action in “the first part of 2019,” according to the agency's just-filed status report. “While interagency review can take up to 90 days, the Agency has requested that OMB expedite the interagency review...

Maryland lawmakers urge EPA to approve ozone petition

Maryland's bipartisan congressional delegation is urging EPA to reconsider its proposed denial of the state's petition for direct agency regulation of emissions from power plants in several upwind states, as East Coast states seek action from the Trump administration to curb interstate air pollution that contributes to high ozone levels downwind. In a July 23 letter to new acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Sens. Ben Cardin (D) and Chris Van Hollen (D), joined by all eight of Maryland's House members,...

EPA seeks nominees for CASAC ozone standard review panel

EPA is seeking nominations for air quality experts to form a Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee panel to provide input on the agency's review of its ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), with the agency looking to conduct an accelerated assessment and decide by October 2020 whether to change the standards. In a Federal Register notice slated for publication July 27, EPA staff asks for nominations of experts to serve on the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee's planned...










EPA Eyes New Talks On RFS Overhaul But Congress Seeks Long-Term Bill

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is eyeing new talks with the oil and ethanol industries on potential administrative reforms to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) after dropping a reform “package” crafted by former agency chief Scott Pruitt, but a bipartisan group of lawmakers is instead writing legislation for long-term reforms. Despite Wheeler's push, House Energy & Commerce Committee environment panel Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) and panel member Bill Flores (R-TX) told Inside EPA July 25 they remain determined to...

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