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Environmentalists, steel industry spar over EPA’s air toxics rule review

Environmental groups and the steel industry are fighting over EPA’s proposal to revise air toxics limits for the sector, which environmentalists fault as too weak, but the industry says is already too strict.

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Senators Ask EPA To Expand Biomass Carbon Rule To More Feedstocks

A bipartisan group of 18 senators is urging EPA to include a range of agricultural feedstocks in the agency’s long-awaited rule declaring biomass sourced from sustainably managed forests as carbon neutral, a step that effectively exempts the material from greenhouse gas requirements, though it is unclear if the agency is planning to expand the rule.

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EPA Seeks 2019 Release Of Major Deregulatory Measures

EPA is hoping to release a host of major deregulatory measures and other policies this year, including high-profile proposals governing perfluorinated chemicals, power plant air toxics and waste releases, stormwater requirements and more, according to the agency’s latest regulatory agenda, though many of the measures have yet to begin White House review.

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EPA Vows Crush Of Deregulatory Action On Climate Rules Before 2020

The Trump EPA is vowing to take a series of major actions to scale back Obama-era climate and air rules before the end of the year, including multiple self-imposed deadlines this month or next for high-profile deregulatory actions, such as power plant rule rollbacks, according to its just-released fall regulatory agenda.

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Environmentalists urge D.C. Circuit to set ozone deadlines

Environmental groups and cities say the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ample legal power to set deadlines on possible EPA modifications to ozone designations.

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Environmentalists threaten to sue EPA over inaction on California SIPs

Our Children’s Earth says it will sue EPA to force action on California air quality plans for attaining federal air quality standards if the agency does not act within 60 days.

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Major Industry Groups Oppose EPA Staff’s Call For Stricter PM2.5 NAAQS

Major industry groups are opposing EPA staff’s recommendation that the agency tighten its annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS), echoing a majority of EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) in finding that the latest data on PM2.5’s health effects do not justify a stricter limit.

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EIA Data Confirms 2018 CO2 Spike, Highlighting Transport Sector’s Role

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) is confirming earlier projections that the country’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions edged up last year, reflecting stubbornly high emissions from the transportation sector that has become the economy’s largest source of CO2.

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Senators float bill to support RGGI, other regional programs

Backed by a bipartisan group of Northeast senators, the bill would create an office within EPA to provide technical support and grants for states to join existing or current programs.

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Critics Fear CEQ NEPA Overhaul Could Erase Decades Of Legal Precedent

The White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) forthcoming proposal to streamline how agencies conduct National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews of major federal actions could seek to erase decades of legal precedent concerning how such reviews should be conducted and open the door to rounds of new litigation, critics say.

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