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EPA suggests delayed ozone designations for Texas counties

EPA is urging federal courts to set a binding deadline for issuing ozone designations of no sooner than April 30, with an additional delay until August for some Texas counties.

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Markey Previews Pruitt Hearing Questions Over Climate, Toxics, Spending

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) is peppering EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt with numerous queries -- on topics including climate change, vehicle rules, toxics and the agency's spending practices -- previewing concerns he and other Democrats are likely to air at a Senate environment committee hearing with Pruitt later this month.

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EPA Revisions To Haze Rule Spur Fears Of Weaker Air Pollution Controls

EPA's announcement that it will reconsider aspects of its long-running regional haze rule that requires states to reduce air pollution in national parks and wilderness areas in order to improve visibility is spurring environmentalists' fears that the changes will lead to weaker emissions controls on sources of haze-forming pollution.

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Haze Rule Reconsideration Signals Pruitt's 'Cooperative Federalism' Push

EPA's just-announced reconsideration of the Obama administration's revised regional haze rule signals how Administrator Scott Pruitt is pushing toward greater state autonomy under the Clean Air Act's system of “cooperative federalism,” where states have the primary role in implementation of clean air policy.

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ACEEE says industry in good compliance shape for GHG rules

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, which backs the current Obama EPA light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas rules, says automakers have plenty of compliance credits “left in the bank” to help meet future standards.

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EPA Defends Obama-Era CSAPR 'Update' From Competing Legal Attacks

The Trump administration in a new legal brief is defending an Obama-era rule “updating” the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule emissions trading program, rejecting some states' claims that the rule is unnecessarily stringent and other states' and environmentalists' arguments that the update should have imposed stricter air pollution limits.

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New York, Connecticut sue EPA over missing ozone plans

The two states are suing EPA in a bid to force the agency to write federal emissions plans for several states mandating that they reduce their ozone air pollution.

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Cattlemen Launch Drive To Block Looming AFO Emissions Reporting Duty

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is waging a last-minute push for Congress to block a looming Jan. 22 deadline for thousands of animal feeding operations (AFOs) to being reporting their hazardous air emissions for the first time, and some lawmakers are looking to include the ban in pending budget legislation.

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Environmentalists seek end to U.S. biodiesel mandates

Backed by former Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), environmentalists are calling for an end to U.S. biodiesel mandates, blaming the fuel for environmental damage.

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Sierra Club suit faults EPA air monitoring rule's public notice limits

The environmental group says an Obama-era rule easing states' burdens in establishing air monitoring networks unlawfully limits opportunities for public comment.

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