Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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NAS Panel Urges Greater Integration Of 'Sustainability' In EPA Activities

A National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel is recommending that EPA "embed" the use of sustainability tools into its major activities in line with its statutory authorities, saying the agency has "substantial opportunities" to apply the approaches more fully, and urging the agency to continue adoption of the sustainability framework recommended by a 2011 NAS report.

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State Regulators Meet In New Mexico; GHG Rules Scrutinized

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), which represents state environment departments, is holding its annual meeting in New Mexico to discuss a broad slate of environmental issues, including climate change policies, Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction and EPA funding questions. Greenhouse gas (GHG) rules are also coming under scrutiny from other corners, as private groups are hosting talks on the agency's proposed rules for power plants as well as other policies aimed at curbing emissions.

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EPA Weighs More ESPS Flexibility

EPA is weighing how to address some states' concerns that they will not be able to achieve interim emissions goals in the agency's proposed greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants.

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Major RTOs Weigh Regional Grid Approaches For Complying With ESPS

Two of the largest grid operators are considering novel regional approaches for complying with EPA's greenhouse gas (GHG) rule for existing power plants by setting a system-wide price on carbon dioxide (CO2) as opposed to state-by-state planning, an approach that agency officials and others have indicated could provide a more streamlined way of implementing the requirements while also better overseeing potential reliability concerns.

Advocates, Industry Spar Over Attacks On EPA Waste Classification Rule

Environmentalists and industry groups are fighting over each others' legal challenges to EPA's rule classifying commercial secondary materials sent to combustion units, in particular sparring over whether the materials identified in the rule qualify as "solid waste" and should therefore trigger more stringent emissions controls.

EPA Plans New Rules To Limit Global Warming Impacts Of HFC Refrigerants

EPA is preparing to expand its program for reducing the adverse global warming impacts of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a widely used class of chemical refrigerants, one of a series of regulatory and voluntary actions that administration and industry groups have announced to limit the adverse climate impacts of the substances.

Industry Groups Urge EPA To Withdraw Passaic River Remediation Plan

Court's Award Of Fees To Utility Could Discourage Air Law Citizen Suits

Facing State Doubts, EPA Weighs Additional Flexibility On ESPS' 2020 Goals

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