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).
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.
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 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 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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