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EPA Cites Trump Order In Bid To Halt D.C. Circuit Utility GHG Rule Suits

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.

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Groups Spar Over Merits Of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule As Haze Control

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.

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EPA Staff Mostly Ignore Trump Visit To Agency To Sign Climate Directive

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.

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Industries seek to delay suit over EPA's RMP revisions

The Trump EPA's reconsideration proceeding “may resolve Petitioners’ objections” to the Obama EPA's risk management plan update rule, industry groups say.

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NAS Defends EPA's Human Exposure Research Supporting Air Standards

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.

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On Eve Of Trump Order, EPA Faces Petitions To Reverse GHG Risk Finding

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.

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High Court Appeal Challenges EPA Bar On Facility Malfunction Air Waivers

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.

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EPA reschedules hearing on expanding ozone transport area

EPA has rescheduled a public hearing on the Obama EPA's proposal to reject a push by East Coast states to add nine Midwestern and Southern states to the OTC.

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Coal group 'confident' of major EPA rule changes

A coal industry group is urging a regional power grid operator to assume increased production of coal-fired generation because the Trump EPA will “withdraw or rewrite” several major regulations.

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Scientists, Tribes Aim To Boost Legal Defense Of Utility MACT Cost Finding

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.

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