Environmentalists and industry groups are urging EPA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to craft rules to implement two international agreements reached last year curbing aircraft greenhouse gases (GHGs), pitching a “business case” for the deals and arguing that they are less controversial than carbon controls directed at other industries, such as the power sector.
The appellate court could potentially issue a ruling on EPA's appeal of a case over its mandate to review the employment impacts of its Clean Air Act rules before the legal deadline for completing the review.
Oil sector divisions are widening over whether EPA should retain or change the “point of obligation” compliance mandate under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners and importers to fuel blenders, and a split among top Trump administration officials over the future of the RFS makes it unclear which side EPA will take.
Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent (NOI) threatening to sue EPA over its alleged failure to review the renewable fuel standard's (RFS) environmental impacts, adding to pressure for the agency to undertake new assessments of the program following an oil sector suit trying to force a review of RFS implementing regulations.
A top California lawmaker is floating legislation that would require state air and water regulators to maintain state standards that are at least as stringent as federal law prior to President Donald Trump taking office, with the measure aimed at countering expected federal efforts to weaken federal climate and other regulations.
The Trump administration is weighing whether and how hard to target California's authority to implement vehicle greenhouse gas rules, as some outside groups ramp up calls for assaulting the state's special power though it is far from clear whether automakers would welcome such an aggressive attack.