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Aircraft industry groups are underscoring efforts to deter EPA from establishing strict domestic standards for the sector's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, arguing in formal comments on the agency's draft plan that such a move would circumvent efforts to craft an international standard and put domestic airlines at a competitive disadvantage.

EPA is crafting new guidance aimed at improving how it reviews companies' proposals to develop synthetic biology (synbio) projects for review with a focus on synbio algae technology, as the agency grapples with a growing number of synbio project applications and some observers' doubts about EPA's ability to adequately assess them.

Environmentalists are criticizing the implementation plan for the District of Columbia's much-heralded consent decree for eliminating combined sewer overflows (CSOs), saying the plan does not ensure there is enough space for proposed green infrastructure installations, and will not meet CSO reduction goals soon enough.

NEWPORT, RI -- EPA is urging state air officials to take advantage of a unique upcoming “window” in which to craft long-desired “multipollutant” air plans that address a slew of states' Clean Air Act duties at once, though states are seeking clarity on whether they can craft one overall plan and other options to streamline the process.

Environmentalists are calling for EPA to restrict glyphosate to protect dwindling populations of monarch butterflies, arguing the herbicide commonly used on genetically modified (GM) crops poses a unique risk to the milkweed that sustains monarchs, but farmers, industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) say more research is needed.

NEWPORT, RI -- The Environmental Council of the States' (ECOS) Shale Gas Caucus (SGC) is shifting its drilling policy focus to addressing produced water from the sector through a mix of voluntary measures and industry best practices, despite prior suggestions the group might focus on how to secure additional air pollution cuts from drilling.