The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says federal agencies should assess new steps to mitigate adverse impacts on energy infrastructure from extreme weather events stemming from climate change, a top priority for President Obama who is proposing a $1 billion climate resiliency fund in his fiscal year 2015 budget.
EPA's enforcement and infrastructure programs are likely to face budget cuts in President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget request even though the administration is moving away from the "austerity" budget approaches of the past few years. Legal observers will continue to weigh the potential direction and impact of the Supreme Court's ongoing review of EPA's greenhouse gas (GHG) permit program.
EPA's draft guide for transitioning some enhanced oil recovery (EOR) wells to strict underground injection control (UIC) permits for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects is drawing strong criticisms from industry groups who say it could prompt well operators to refuse carbon dioxide (CO2) from utilities to escape the new regulatory burdens, undermining the agency's pending power plant rule requiring CCS.
Senate backers of a bipartisan bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) have re-tooled controversial language addressing EPA's authority to act on chemicals it finds do not meet the law's "safety standard" in an effort to address concerns from a top agency official that the bill's cost-benefit mandates would create legal barriers limiting the agency's ability to restrict those substances.
EPA is moving closer to completing its precedent-setting assessment of Libby amphibole asbestos' (LAA) toxicity, though the agency is not utilizing the latest study of a cohort of workers exposed to the substance on the job -- which industry and GOP critics have urged the agency to consider -- because the data is not yet published.
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EPA Drops Turbidity Limit From Construction ELG, But Leaves Door Open
- Industry Fears 'Mass Confusion' From EPA Bid To Remand Boiler Air Rules
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