Tuesday, September 02, 2014
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CBD's Suit Marks First Test On Adequacy Of Biomass Plant's GHG Permit

Environmentalists are asking a federal appeals court to reject EPA's greenhouse gas (GHG) permit for a proposed biomass power plant in California, marking the first time that advocates are asking a court to address EPA and industry claims that burning biomass is a GHG control technology because replacement growth absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2).

The Week Ahead

Groups Detail Challenges To Major EPA Rules, Administration Weighs Carbon 'Cost' Case

Industry groups and others are poised this week to detail their legal challenges to a broad range of major EPA energy, toxics and water regulations, including a suit over a waste law waiver for carbon sequestration and a long-running dispute over air toxics standards for boilers. The administration meanwhile is expected to tell a federal district court about the "high-level" policy implications of a recent ruling requiring the use of carbon "cost" values in environmental reviews.

The Insider

Advocates Aim To Expand NSR's Scope

A pending Clean Air Act permit challenge filed by environmentalists aims to secure a court ruling expanding the scope of EPA's new source review permitting program.

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Industry Cites EPA's Lack Of CCS Testing Plan In Bid To Scrap RCRA Rule

Energy groups say EPA failed to provide a plan for assessing whether carbon dioxide (CO2) streams are hazardous waste in its rule excluding carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) from strict Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) rules, saying the lack of a plan creates major legal and regulatory liability for CCS projects.

EPA Pushes Ahead With Toxics Rules But Renews Call For TSCA Reform

EPA is pushing ahead with using existing Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authority to develop chemical policies including new use rules and risk assessments for various substances, even as it renews a call for Congress to act on legislation to overhaul TSCA that industry and Republicans say is unlikely to advance this year.

Texas Health Studies May Aid Opposition To Stricter EPA Ozone Standard

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) toxicologists are touting existing and upcoming scientific research that they say helps to undermine EPA staff's suggestion of a need to tighten the federal ozone air standard, building on an ongoing industry effort to fund studies that could rebut science justifying a stricter limit.
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Advocates Say State's Coal Ash Bill Shows Need For Strict EPA Oversight

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Western States Fear TSCA Fracking Rule May Hamper Disclosure Policies