The Trump administration is weighing whether and how hard to target California's authority to implement vehicle greenhouse gas rules, as some outside groups ramp up calls for assaulting the U.S. EPA's waiver that gives the state special power though it is far from clear whether automakers would welcome such an aggressive attack.
California air board officials have delayed by at least two months -- from April to June -- consideration of a sweeping regulatory "scoping plan" to meet the state's 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target, in response to calls from environmental justice advocates for more time to review multiple components of the plan and for board staff to analyze their counter-proposals.
California energy agencies have floated additional proposals and questions for setting first-time greenhouse gas emission targets for utilities to reach by 2030, in an effort to provide more clarity and certainty about how the process will unfold in the coming months.
One of the state's largest sanitation agencies is urging California air board officials to table discussion on how the state should show compliance with new U.S. EPA landfill methane rules until litigation over the federal requirements is resolved and potential policy changes under the Trump administration are understood.
California state Senate leader Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) is floating legislation that would tighten the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by requiring utilities to ensure that 50 percent of the electricity they provide to customers comes from clean power sources by 2025, and that all of it be renewable by 2045.
New bills introduced in the state Assembly would strengthen oversight of petroleum refinery emissions and safety, with one measure requiring facilities to install community air monitoring systems while another seeks to increase the frequency of inspections at hazardous waste landfills.
Kern County attorneys, in a recent brief filed in state superior court, are defending their sweeping 2015 ordinance for future oil and gas drilling activities from charges by environmentalists and farmers that it fails to adequately assess and mitigate multiple adverse environmental impacts as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Publicly owned utilities (POUs) are objecting to a proposal by California energy regulators to set annual utility "sub-targets" to meet the state's landmark goal of doubling energy efficiency by 2030, charging in part that it likely will limit compliance flexibility and appears to go beyond requirements in the authorizing statute.
U.S. EPA's proposal for how to implement its latest ozone ambient air standard is highlighting major divisions among stakeholders, with California and several states and industry groups faulting the agency's approach to weighing international emissions in states' compliance plans and environmentalists attacking parts of the rule as too weak.
A top California lawmaker is floating legislation that would require state air and water regulators to maintain state standards that are at least as stringent as federal law prior to President Donald Trump taking office, with the measure aimed at countering expected federal efforts to weaken federal climate and other regulations.