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Sierra Club Seeks Stricter EPA Air Toxics Rules For Cyanide, Polyurethane

Sierra Club is asking the Biden EPA to strengthen Trump-era proposed air toxics rules for the cyanide products and polyurethane foam production sectors, including tougher emissions limits, more air monitoring mandates and rejecting Clean Air Act violation waivers for pollution during “force majeure” events.

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EPA sends advance notice of 1-BP HAP listing rule to OMB

The agency’s notice to list 1-bromopropane (1-BP) as a hazardous air pollutant (HAP) under the Clean Air Act appears to be similar to an earlier version drafted by the Trump administration.

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House Panel Eyes Broad Climate ‘Justice’ Provisions For Infrastructure Bill

House Democrats are weighing a wide range of measures addressing climate impacts on minority and low-income neighborhoods in their upcoming infrastructure legislation, including measures to bolster waste cleanups, tighten coal ash disposal rules, reform permitting and strengthening enforcement of EPA rules, among other proposals.

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OIG finds EPA discouraged EtO risk communication to residents

EPA’s Office of Inspector General is dissatisfied with the agency’s efforts to improve communication about the health risks of ethylene oxide (EtO) to people living near facilities that use the solvent.

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Grassley calls for biofuels aid in Biden infrastructure plan

Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley wants the Biden administration to boost biofuels and not just electric vehicles as a climate mitigation strategy in its $2 trillion infrastructure plan.

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Environmentalists Step Up Calls For Increased Focus On Methane Releases

Environmentalists are stepping up calls for the Biden administration to increase its focus on emissions of methane, the potent greenhouse gas, after new EPA inventory data showed an increase in releases from the oil and gas sector -- though environmentalists say the agency continues to undercount releases.

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EPA, Illinois reach refinery air enforcement deal with ExxonMobil

As part of the agreement with EPA and Illinois to resolve allegations of Clean Air Act violations, ExxonMobil will have to meet tougher air pollution limits and better monitor for leaks at its Joliet, IL, refinery.

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OTC Weighs NOx Emissions Cuts From Non-Power Plant Sources, Trucks

The Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) of 12 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states is eyeing rules and other efforts to cut ozone-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from sources beyond the utilities OTC typically targets, including waste combustors, industrial boilers and trucks, as member states struggle to attain EPA ozone standards.

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Environmentalists Bolster Years-Old Petition For EPA To Set CO2 NAAQS

Environmentalists are supplementing their years-old petition for EPA to set a national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for carbon dioxide, submitting additional data on the science that has evolved since their original 2009 petition to the agency that the Trump EPA rejected but the Biden administration reinstated.

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Medical researchers warn of link between COVID-19, PM2.5 harms

The American Thoracic Society is underscoring the link between harmful health effects from fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution and COVID-19, and a need for more research on the issue.

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