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Local California Officials Bolster Vehicle GHG Case With Air Quality Claims

Local air regulators in Southern California are claiming that the Trump EPA's cursory analysis of the conventional emission co-benefits of Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas standards is “illogical on its own terms,” amplifying legal arguments by states and environmentalists that the agency's decision to weaken the standards was unlawful.

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EPA, Sierra Club Defend Right To Seek Injunctive Relief For NSR Violations

EPA and the Sierra Club are defending the agency’s right to ask courts for injunctive relief that forces facilities to impose air pollution controls for years-old violations of Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permit mandates, as they fight a utility sector push to rehear a ruling that broadly upheld EPA’s power to seek such relief.

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Environmentalists Hint At Lawsuits Over Delayed Ozone NAAQS Findings

Environmentalists are suggesting they will sue EPA if the if the agency finalizes as proposed its plan to delay deciding which parts of the country have attained the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS), calling the postponement both “illegal” and “inexcusable.”

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New York threatens to sue EPA over interstate ozone air petition

The state is threatening EPA with a lawsuit to force a response to its Clean Air Act petition asking the agency to regulate air pollution sources in nine upwind states.

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Deregulatory Agenda Complicates EPA Messaging On PFAS Actions

The Trump administration's deregulatory agenda rolling back a host of EPA rules appears to be impeding the agency's messaging on its landmark comprehensive action plan aimed at setting environmental protections to address contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Pitting Sectors, API Urges EPA To ‘Leverage’ Gas In Coal Plant GHG Rule

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is urging EPA to “leverage” natural gas in its proposed replacement greenhouse gas rule for new coal plants -- pitting “clean, reliable, and affordable natural gas” against coal, which the plan seeks to bolster by easing standards for new plants, even though no new coal plants are being planned.

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GOP Senators Threaten Wheeler Nomination Over RFS Credit Reform Plan

Five GOP senators say they will have “serious concerns” about acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler’s nomination to head the agency permanently unless he gives them details on a plan to reform the renewable fuel standard (RFS) that satisfies them, which would be enough GOP votes to reject Wheeler in a floor vote if all Democrats oppose him.

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EPA leaves leather products air toxics rule unchanged

The agency cites a lack of remaining health risks from the leather finishing operations sector as the reason for making no changes to its air toxics rules for the industry.

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Oil, biofuels groups add to lengthy list of RFS 2019 challengers

More organizations representing various industries are suing EPA over its 2019 renewable fuel standard, with the rule’s compliance waivers for small refiners likely to feature as a key issue.

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EPA Eyes Broad Multi-Media Action Plan On PFAS, Including Air Transport

EPA's long-awaited action plan to address perfluorinated compounds is expected to offer a broad, multi-media roadmap for addressing the substances, including efforts aimed at modeling the air transport of the chemicals, a growing concern, as well as measures under Superfund and other laws to address water and other contamination.

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