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Inside Cal/EPA - 01/11/2019

  • Environmentalists, Industries Await Details On Scope Of Newsom's Agenda

    Environmentalists and industry groups are awaiting details on Gov. Gavin Newsom's (D) climate, environmental and energy policy agenda including whether he will take a more aggressive approach to reducing oil production and transportation-related greenhouse gases and other emissions than former Gov. Jerry Brown (D).

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  • Final WRCB Rules Aim To Limit Impact Of Trump Bid To Narrow CWA Reach

    The California water board has released a final draft definition for "wetlands" and other state waters subject to regulation, a measure that observers say will effectively block the Trump administration's proposed rule to narrow the scope of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) in California.

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  • Newsom Appoints Former EPA Official Blumenfeld As Cal/EPA Secretary

    Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) Jan. 8 announced the appointment of Jared Blumenfeld, the former administrator of U.S. EPA Region 9 during the Obama administration, as the new Cal/EPA chief.

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  • ARB Floats Aggressive GHG Targets For 'Natural & Working Lands'

    California air board and other agency officials are proposing aggressive new goals and an implementation plan to cut greenhouse gases from "natural and working lands" by 2030 and 2045 through new and expanded programs to conserve more land and thin out forests -- a plan likely to draw concerns from building and development interests.

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  • Supreme Court Declines To Hear Industry Appeal To ARB Truck & Bus Rule

    The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to consider industry's challenge to the California air board's truck and bus regulation, upholding a state appellate court ruling that critics cannot challenge in state court a regulation that has been included in a federally enforceable state implementation plan (SIP).

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  • Companies Appeal DTSC Listing Of Spray Foam Products On SCP List

    Companies that make spray polyurethane foam (SPF) products are appealing the toxics department's rejection of their request for an "enforceable consent agreement" (ECA) and withdrawal of SPF foam systems containing unreacted methylene diphenyl diisocyanates (MDI) as a priority product under the state's Safer Consumer Products (SCP) rule.

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  • Industries Urge High Court To Review 9th Circuit Backing Of Oregon LCFS

    The oil and trucking industries as well as large energy consumers are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a split panel ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upholding Oregon's low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), arguing that previous appellate and high court rulings prove that the program unconstitutionally regulates out-of-state conduct.

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  • California, Other States Urge EPA To Abandon Landfill Methane Rule Delay

    Democratic states, led by California, and environmental groups are urging U.S. EPA to drop its proposal to substantially extend the deadline for states to develop compliance plans for the agency's rule to limit landfills' methane emissions, arguing that the proposed extension amounts to an unlawful effort to stay the standards.

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  • Court Lets Suit Over EPA Landfill Methane Rule Implementation Advance

    A federal district judge is allowing a state coalition to continue its suit against U.S. EPA's efforts to delay implementation of an Obama-era rule limiting methane emissions from landfills, rejecting the agency's effort to dismiss and stay the case even as it moves to rewrite the regulation to extend compliance deadlines.

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  • Re-Elected As House Speaker, Pelosi Pledges Attention To 'Climate Crisis'

    House Democrats' election of Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as speaker is paving the way for new attention to climate change and other environmental issues in the chamber, though they are unlikely to be able to enact major new legislative policies due to White House and Senate obstacles.

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