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In addition to delaying the start of the “interim” compliance period for its final greenhouse gas (GHG) rule for existing power plants, EPA appears likely to include several early compliance periods in the rule, an effort intended to provide a smoother glide path to final compliance in 2030 and greater certainty that GHG cuts will occur in the program's early years, sources say.

A staffer for Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) is outlining potential changes to a bipartisan Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform bill -- including increasing industry funding for EPA assessments and speeding agency reviews of certain chemicals -- that, if adopted, could lead the senator to support the measure as it heads to a floor vote.

Proponents of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) rule governing hydraulic fracturing on public lands are countering states' claims that Congress intended to address federal regulation of fracking via EPA's Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) authority, saying the congressional language of SDWA clearly intended to preserve BLM's authority.

EPA is pledging to quickly release a suite of tools to ease implementation of its Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule including a question-and-answer (Q&A) document and database of jurisdictional findings to resolve uncertainty, but the move is failing to quell calls from the rule's critics to postpone by many months its Aug. 28 effective date.

Although environmentalists face a high legal bar in their attempt to force EPA to issue a Clean Water Act (CWA) reporting rule for poultry and livestock, sources say questions from a district court judge during recent oral arguments indicate the court could require the agency to better explain its decision to withdraw a draft version of the rule.

SACRAMENTO, CA -- California air board officials are planning to push EPA to strengthen its proposed Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) rules for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, including speeding compliance deadlines, tightening engine standards, capturing more trailer types and offering incentives for manufacturers to deploy advanced technologies.