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D.C. Circuit Upholds EPA Rejection Of States’ Petition For OTC Expansion

A federal appeals court has upheld EPA’s rejection of a petition from East Coast states seeking an expanded Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) region where stricter ozone controls could be imposed to curb interstate air pollution, citing EPA’s discretion but noting states have other options for trying to force the agency to cut transported emissions.

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Critics Charge EPA Lacks Legal Justification For CSAPR ‘Close-Out’ Rule

Several states and environmental groups seeking stricter EPA policies to curb interstate ozone air pollution are urging a federal appellate court to scrap the agency’s rule to “close-out” its major cross-border air trading program without requiring additional ozone cuts from states, saying EPA lacks legal justification for the rule.

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Virginia completes rule to allow trading with RGGI

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) faces a May 3 deadline to issue a line-item veto of a GOP-crafted provision in the state budget that would block participation in RGGI.

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Quote-Unquote: EPA’s MATS proposal draws strong reactions

Select quotes from supporters and opponents of EPA’s proposal to undo the cost-benefit finding underpinning the Obama-era mercury and air toxics standards for power plants.

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Environmentalists seek integrity review of shelved formaldehyde analysis

One group provided an email from EPA's air office showing the now-shelved IRIS assessment of formaldehyde remained a priority despite political appointees' claims to the contrary.

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EPA’s CCS Reversal In NSPS Could Face Hurdles From Technology Gains

A slew of environmentalists, legal experts and states are citing mounting evidence that carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is becoming increasingly advanced, arguing that poses a major hurdle to EPA’s attempt to no longer base its greenhouse gas targets for new coal plants on CCS with partial capture.

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Former EPA Air Chief Sees Standing Bar For Lawsuits Over MATS Rollback

Former Bush EPA air chief Jeffrey Holmstead is warning environmentalists and Democratic states that they lack legal standing to challenge the agency’s effort to scrap the “appropriate and necessary” cost-benefit finding underpinning the Obama-era utility air toxics rule, because they cannot show any injury from undoing the finding.

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EPA sends final AFO air reporting waiver for OMB review

Environmentalists are likely to sue over the final air reporting rule waiver for animal feeding operations once EPA issues it, based on their long-running claims that the exemption is unlawful.

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Chamber Targets As ‘Job Killer’ California Bill To Protect Obama EPA Rules

The California Chamber of Commerce is targeting six state environmental bills, including a pending measure that would lock-in Obama-era rules from EPA, as part of its annual list of “job killer” measures, a list aimed at pressing lawmakers to weaken or kill the proposals, though two of the bills have already stalled due in part to business opposition.

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Industries defend EPA policy easing air permitting requirements

A broad coalition of industry organizations in a new legal filing is backing an EPA policy that critics say will make it easier for companies to avoid onerous and expensive air permit reviews.

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