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EPA's CCS Injection Proposal Boosts Pressure On California To 'Align' Rules

EPA's recent proposal to approve North Dakota as the first state to permit carbon capture and storage (CCS) injection wells is putting renewed pressure on California to “align” its pending rules for how CCS projects can earn lucrative carbon credits with the agency's permitting program, supporters of the technology say.

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Bipartisan Senators Float Bill To 'Harmonize' EPA, DOT Vehicle Programs

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation to harmonize aspects of the Department of Transportation's fuel economy program with EPA's vehicle greenhouse gas program, a bill that reflects efforts automakers have long sought but which is already sparking fierce blowback from environmental and consumer advocates.

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Senators push bipartisan bill to revive ozone early action plans

The bipartisan bill would revive the Bush EPA's 'Early Action Compact' program to help states avoid being placed out of attainment with federal air standards.

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Biofuels Supporters Pitch 2018 RFS Goals To Trump EPA, OMB Officials

Biofuels makers and retailers in recent meetings with EPA and White House officials pitched their policy goals for the agency's pending 2018 renewable fuel standard (RFS) targets, including boosting advanced biofuels blending and opposing calls to shift the "point of obligation" compliance burden under the program.

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Pruitt Hedges On Future Utility GHG Rules Even As EPA Readies CPP Repeal

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is continuing to hedge about whether and how precisely the agency plans to address greenhouse gases (GHG) from existing power plants after it rescinds the Clean Power Plan (CPP), even as reports indicate the agency is poised to float a plan for repealing the Obama-era rule.

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CASAC calls for ammonia focus in NOx-SOx NAAQS review

Members of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee say that a greater focus on ammonia's effects on the environment is vital in reviewing EPA's nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides air standards.

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Trump EPA's High Court Brief Defends Obama-Era Malfunction Air Policy

The Trump EPA in a new Supreme Court brief is defending an Obama-era policy under which the agency sets Clean Air Act limits without allowing any exceedances of those standards due to emissions spikes associated with facility malfunctions, even as the administration reconsiders a rule that barred states from granting such waivers.

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Appliance Group Warns EPA Against 'Broad Reconsideration' Of HFC Limits

As EPA is gathering input on which regulations it should scrap or significantly revise, a major commercial appliance industry group is urging the agency to maintain its rules limiting hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, requesting only targeted changes to some of the deadlines.

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EPA further delays portions of Obama-era formaldehyde rule

EPA says the delay of various compliance deadlines in the formaldehyde air rule is necessary to give industry more time to meet the rule's requirements.

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Experts Say Eased Vehicle GHG Rules May Threaten Domestic Automakers

The Trump administration's decision to revisit EPA's vehicle greenhouse gases regulations carries potential risks for long-term competitiveness of automakers and auto part suppliers, according to several technology experts and economists who say the current standards help to make U.S. goods more competitive abroad.

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