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House energy panel approves bills to ease EPA air rules

Republican lawmakers are advancing bills easing industry compliance with EPA brick and wood stove manufacturing rules closer toward approval by the full House.

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Vehicle catalyst manufacturers seek EPA air policy overhaul

Makers of catalytic converters and some states are urging EPA to overhaul its policy on aftermarket catalytic converters, in order to promote the emissions-reduction technology.

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Pennsylvania Faults EPA's FY18-22 Strategic Plan For 'Neglecting' Climate

Pennsylvania environment regulators and public health groups are faulting EPA's omission of climate change from its recent draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-2022, calling it a “glaring oversight” that shirks the agency's responsibility to help tackle a global challenge and will harm efforts to achieve the plan's other goals.

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Pruitt 'Freezing Out' OTAQ Expertise In EPA Vehicle GHG Rule Overhauls

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is “freezing out” technical input from his Office of Transportation & Air Quality (OTAQ) as the agency reopens Obama-era greenhouse rules for heavy-duty trucks and passenger cars, say sources who fear the agency's vast engineering expertise on emissions controls it has built up over decades could be marginalized.

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Senators call for GAO study of EPA's air quality monitoring

A bipartisan trio of Northeastern senators want the Government Accountability Office to probe the adequacy of EPA's air quality monitoring networks.

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D.C. Circuit Judges Appear Inclined To Back Air Trading As Haze Control

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit at Nov. 16 oral argument appeared inclined in principle to back EPA's approval of emissions trading as an alternative to source-specific regional haze controls, which would bolster the agency in several pending suits over haze plans relying on trading.

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Senate Democrats ask Pruitt to restore EPA climate web pages

Seven Democratic senators are asking EPA to restore more than 200 agency website pages on the topic of climate change that the agency removed in July.

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States Fault EPA's 'Optimistic' Ozone Data, Seek New Air Transport Policy

Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states in the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) area are faulting what they see as EPA's overly optimistic projections that no areas outside California are likely to exceed the 2008 ozone air standard in 2023, calling on the agency to instead pursue a “full remedy” policy to curb interstate ozone transport.

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OTC demands EPA immediately issue ozone NAAQS designations

Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern state air regulators are demanding that EPA immediately issue ozone standard attainment designations to allow them to plan for compliance.

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Manufacturers Push NSR Reform To Promote Lower-Emitting Technology

Manufacturers are calling for an overhaul to ease EPA's Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permitting program to help promote technologies that can improve facilities' efficiency and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and conventional pollutants, arguing that NSR discourages installation of such technology.

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