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Inside Cal/EPA - 09/22/2017

  • ARB Argues NHTSA Must Weigh Existing Vehicle GHG Standards In New Plan

    State air board officials and other defenders of current federal light-duty vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards argue that the Department of Transportation must weigh existing rules issued by U.S. EPA and California when crafting its own requirements for 2022-2025 model year vehicles, rather than the department's current plan to use much weaker limits as a baseline to assess regulatory options.

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  • Industry Opposition Kills Key California Clean Energy, Environmental Bills

    Industry opposition helped kill a number of ambitious environmental and clean energy measures in the California legislature before the session ended late last week, including a top senator's bill to establish a target of powering all of the state's electricity with renewable and zero-carbon resources by 2045 and another that would have locked in to state law Obama-era federal environment and worker safety standards.

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  • Industries, Water Agencies Urge WRCB To Scale Back New 'Wetlands' Rules

    A coalition of industry groups and water agencies is urging state water board officials to dramatically scale back a proposal to redefine when "wetlands" and other waters are subject to state regulation, and to revise procedures for discharging dredged and fill materials to state waters.

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  • DPR's Plan For Chlorpyrifos Mitigation Fails To Satisfy Environmentalists

    California pesticide officials are planning "interim" mitigation steps to reduce exposure to agricultural applications of the pesticide chlorpyrifos as they advance a new health risk assessment for the compound, but public health groups and environmentalists argue the action falls well short of what is necessary to protect residents and farmworkers.

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  • Compost, Bioenergy Backers Seek Permit Relief, Markets Under GHG Rule

    Compost and bioenergy industry officials are elevating pressure on state waste management regulators to work with local air districts to relax and streamline permitting requirements to aid the construction of new facilities to help cities and counties comply with the state's aggressive pending regulation to reduce methane emissions from organic waste.

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  • Appellate Court Scraps DPR's Approval Of Expanded Neonicotinoid Use

    A California appellate court has scrapped the pesticides department's approval of expanded use of two neonicotinoid pesticides that environmentalists claim are killing bees, finding that regulators failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by approving product label amendments without sufficient environmental review.

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  • High Court Rejects Aliso Canyon Closure; CPUC Denies County's Appeal

    The California Supreme Court has denied a petition by Los Angeles County to immediately halt natural gas injections at the recently reopened Aliso Canyon gas storage facility, and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has rejected the county's appeal of its July decision allowing operations at the site to resume.

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  • Truck Trailer Group Counters EPA In Seeking Court's Pause Of GHG Rule

    Truck trailer manufacturers say they will ask a federal appellate court to pause greenhouse gas standards for trailers included in U.S. EPA's phase 2 GHG rule for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, arguing the agency's refusal to suspend the rule's implementation as it reconsiders the trailer provisions leaves industry facing "imminent" compliance deadlines.

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  • AG Becerra Challenges Border Wall, Alleging Environmental Law Violations

    Attorney General (AG) Xavier Becerra (D) is challenging the Trump administration's planned construction of new fencing and a wall along portions of the California-Mexico border, charging in a lawsuit filed this week that it violates federal and state environmental laws in part because federal officials have not analyzed its greenhouse gas impacts.

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  • San Francisco, Oakland Launch Climate Nuisance Suits Against Energy Firms

    San Francisco and Oakland are launching climate change nuisance suits against a host of fossil fuel producers, joining three other municipalities in California that filed similar litigation in July.

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  • Brown, Others Making GHG Pacts In Face Of Trump Inaction Face Challenges

    Two Democratic governors, including California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), continue to tout efforts by states and cities to reduce greenhouse gases in the face of inaction by the Trump administration, though some observers are warning that such subnational action is vulnerable to a variety of legal challenges from industry and other groups.

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