California energy regulators are rejecting environmentalists' calls to tighten the state's greenhouse gas (GHG) rule for newly constructed power plants that advocates say is a model for pending EPA climate rules affecting the power sector, with the state saying that a stricter rule would provide few additional benefits beyond the existing GHG limit.
Senate Democrats will try for a second time in as many weeks to send to the Senate floor President Obama's nomination of Gina McCarthy to serve as EPA administrator. A federal appellate court is slated to hear oral arguments on how long EPA has to bring enforcement actions for alleged violations of its new source review rules.
President Obama is ordering an interagency task force he created last year to craft measures for “modernizing” environmental review and permitting requirements for water, transportation, energy and other infrastructure projects to significantly curb “aggregate” approval times, an approach that falls short of the fixed deadlines Congress is seeking.
EPA is outlining a comprehensive strategy to implement by September 2014 a plan for significantly improving its method for estimating emissions from the oil and natural gas sector, which could help resolve uncertainty over data that the agency would use for any future greenhouse gas (GHG) or conventional air rules for drilling operations.
API Urges EPA To Narrow Scope Of Drilling Equipment Covered By NSPS
State hazardous waste officials are urging EPA to provide a new conditional approach to managing post-manufacturing pharmaceutical waste that would bypass traditional hazardous waste regulations but still prevent a much wider array of drugs from entering the environment through current agency rules.
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