A group of leading California Democratic senators is urging Attorney General (AG) Xavier Becerra (D) to take action to block U.S. EPA from revoking or rejecting California's Clean Air Act waivers to enforce mobile source emission standards that are stricter than federal rules, amid fears that the Trump administration could target the state's authority.
Policy experts and state lawmakers are urging California air board officials to review parts of a recently unveiled plan by Volkswagen to spend $200 million in the state over the next two years to deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and market the vehicles as part of its diesel emission cheating settlement with regulators, arguing the auto company could monopolize the market and reap undeserved profits without proper oversight.
A controversial bill that would block state regulators from allowing the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility to reopen hit a wall this week when the Senate energy committee proposed amendments that critics say would "gut" the measure, prompting the bill's author to reject the amendments and the legislation being pulled from the panel's March 21 agenda.
Manufacturers and state water board officials are clashing over whether the state should temporarily invalidate its drinking water maximum contaminant level (MCL) standard for hexavalent chromium (chromium-6) while the board conducts an economic feasibility analysis likely to be required in a forthcoming ruling by a superior court.
Biofuel industry representatives are lauding a California air board staff proposal to allow alternative jet fuel to generate credit under the state's low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), saying it likely will bolster production of not only cleaner jet fuels but other alternative biofuels for the transportation sector that are made by the same companies.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has appointed Joaquin Esquivel, a Natural Resources Agency executive and former staffer for retired Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), to replace Frances Spivy-Weber on the state water board, while also reappointing current board member Tam Doduc to a new term.
A California superior court judge has upheld the state air board's inclusion of high-speed rail (HSR) in its greenhouse gas regulatory "scoping plan" to meet a 2020 emission reduction target, rejecting a challenge from transit advocates who charged that the board failed to properly account for the GHG emissions that would be created by HSR construction projects.
House Democrats are warning Republicans that President Donald Trump's proposed massive budget cuts to U.S. EPA and federal grants to states will hinder the GOP's legislative push to ease implementation of the agency's ambient air standards, saying the cuts would make it harder for states to meet the standards even if the bill became law.
Opponents of the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule are split over the Trump administration's bid to delay Supreme Court litigation over the proper court venue for suits over the rule while it crafts a replacement rule, with states supporting the request but groups representing major industries saying the case should go forward.
A federal district court has issued an order setting a near three-year deadline for U.S. EPA to issue 13 overdue air toxics rules days after the same court imposed a similar mandate for issuing 20 other delayed air toxics rules, creating a growing problem for the agency to meet the legal deadlines at a time of massive proposed budget and staffing cuts.
Environment secretaries from 10 states that have adopted all or part of California's vehicle greenhouse gas program are urging U.S. EPA to preserve the Golden State's special authority to adopt its own vehicle standards, and to retain federal vehicle GHG limits for model years 2022-2025 that are equivalent to those Golden State regulators are slated to endorse March 24.