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EPA defends discretion in setting 2017 RFS targets

EPA in a new legal filing is rejecting attacks on its process for setting the 2017 renewable fuel standard targets, saying a federal appeals court should defer to its discretion in how it sets the goals.

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Facing Legal Hurdles, EPA's 'Secret Science' Plan Punts On Key Issues

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has signed a long-promised plan barring the agency's use of any information in decision-making that is not publicly available, but the proposed rule punts on a host of tricky legal and implementation issues, including statutory mandates to use the best available science and how to address confidential trade secrets and medically protected data.

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EPA, State Air Funding Cuts Might Hinder Implementation Of NAAQS Memo

State air regulators are warning that President Donald Trump's bid to slash EPA and state air quality funding could hinder implementation of his memo directing the agency to overhaul and streamline the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) process, saying even current funding might be insufficient to achieve the memo's goals.

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Pruitt signs proposed rule limiting EPA science

EPA's proposal has drawn concerns from industry groups who fear it would limit EPA's ability to use trade secret information to approve chemicals and pesticides.

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EPA Argues Ruling Scrapping Parts Of Ozone Policy At Odds With Air Law

EPA is asking a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit panel to reconsider its ruling scrapping parts of an Obama-era rule on implementing the 2008 ozone ambient air limit and revoking the 1997 standard, arguing that the court's fears over the rule worsening air quality are unfounded and at odds with the Clean Air Act.

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EPA Issues Carbon-Neutral Biomass Policy, Spurning SAB Review Efforts

EPA in a new guidance document says it will treat carbon dioxide emissions “resulting from the combustion of biomass from managed forests at stationary sources for energy production as carbon neutral,” largely spurning a Science Advisory Board (SAB) review of the issue because the agency believes it has taken too long.

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California air district seeks rehearing of EPA ozone rule decision

The South Coast air quality district, which regulates air pollution in Los Angeles, is asking a federal appeals court to rehear its ruling scrapping large parts of EPA's 2008 ozone standards implementation rule.

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OMB reviewing EPA notice on CAFOs' air reporting mandates

EPA is preparing to release a question and answer document on animal feeding operations' air reporting requirements after Congress ended the reporting mandates.

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OTC seeks emissions cuts from consumer products

The Ozone Transport Commission of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states is proposing a new model rule to further reduce ozone-forming emissions from consumer products.

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Compliance Costs Create Dilemma For Wehrum's Bid To Kill Utility MACT

ORLANDO, FL -- EPA air chief William Wehrum is acknowledging that he faces a dilemma over whether to grant calls from utilities and others to scrap the regulatory justification for the Obama-era utility air toxics rule as a “satisfying” move, or retain it as even some of its staunchest industry critics have spent millions in compliance costs.

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