EPA is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to halt suits over the agency's climate rules for new and existing power plants, saying President Donald Trump's energy executive order (EO) means the agency will overhaul the rules and those changes could significantly alter the outcome of the suits.
EPA, environmentalists, states and industry in new legal filings are sparring over the merits of the Obama agency's rule allowing participation in the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program to satisfy separate haze pollution control mandates, a policy that the Trump administration is currently continuing to defend.
EPA rank-and-file staff were not invited to the agency's Map Room to see President Donald Trump sign a long-anticipated, high-profile executive order seeking to dismantle the Obama administration's climate change regulatory work, and many staffers tell Inside EPA that they are keeping their heads down and concentrating on work.
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in a new report defends EPA's controlled human exposure research program as providing essential data to support Clean Air Act ambient standards and says it should continue with certain recommended improvements, a potential setback for Trump administration critics of the air standards.
As President Donald Trump prepares to sign an order rolling back a suite of Obama-era climate policies, EPA is facing a set of petitions from free-market and industry groups seeking to reconsider the agency's landmark finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health and the environment.
An electric utility is asking the Supreme Court to force EPA to end its “absurd” Obama-era policy prohibiting waivers from Clean Air Act emissions limits for accidental air pollution releases due to facility malfunctions, using an appeal of a case over EPA's boiler air toxics rule as the vehicle for the broader push to undo the policy.
Scientists and native American tribes are aiming to the boost the legal defense of EPA's revised cost finding that underpins its utility maximum achievable control technology (MACT) air toxics rule, saying some benefits of the rule such as reduced IQ losses might be hard to quantify in financial terms but still help to justify the regulation.