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Senate EPW announces subcommittee assignments

The announcement of the subcommittee assignments means that senators on EPW can begin work on developing legislation designed in part to achieve President Joe Biden’s environmental goals.

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States Seek Stricter EPA Ozone NAAQS To Fight Long-Term Health Harms

A group of 15 mostly Democratic-led states is asking EPA to reconsider the Trump-era decision to retain and not tighten existing ozone ambient air limits, citing new evidence of long-term health harms from ozone emissions to justify “additional” stricter standards -- although the Biden EPA might face hurdles to quickly grant the request.

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Minnesota high court rejects ‘sham’ Clean Air Act permit appeal

The ruling disagrees with environmentalists that the state must investigate allegations of planned air pollution increases when a company first seeks a certain type of air permit.

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DOJ Signals Opposition To Youth Climate Plaintiffs’ High Court Petition

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is strongly urging a federal appellate court to reject a request by youth plaintiffs pursuing a constitutional climate change suit against the government that would clear a path to allow them to petition the Supreme Court to reinstate their case, signaling the Biden administration may not be willing to settle the matter or reverse its predecessor’s opposition.

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States, environmentalists oppose ‘indefinite’ pause in auto GHG suit

Critics of the Trump administration’s rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas rules are suggesting a six-month briefing extension, as opposed to pausing the suit entirely.

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EPA defends push for abeyance in 2020 RFS suit

If a federal appeals court grants abeyance in the suit, it will give the Biden EPA more time to resolve its renewable fuel standard (RFS) policies, including biofuel volumes for 2021.

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Montreal Protocol Feedstock Method Could Be Model For Reducing GHGs

The United Nation’s Montreal Protocol treaty to protect the stratospheric ozone layer, which has evolved into a program that phases out product feedstocks that also have high global warming potential, could be used as a model to achieve reductions of other greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxides (N2O), experts say.

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Industry Raises Concerns Over EPA HFC Exemptions, Unreported Imports

Chemical companies and other industries are raising concerns over EPA’s plan to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) using new statutory power, including questions about data gaps over unreported HFC imports, allowances for critical use exemptions, what metric to use to set the phasedown and criticisms of the short public comment period.

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Northeast States Urged To Adopt Strict California Vehicle Emissions Rules

A coalition of 86 environmental groups is urging Northeastern states to adopt California’s strict policies for cutting greenhouse gases and conventional air pollutants from heavy duty vehicles, fighting claims from engine manufacturers that the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) rules are ill-suited for adoption by other states.

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Public Citizen urges Biden to expand EPA regulatory freeze

The watchdog group says at least 25 deregulatory actions by the prior administration, including several EPA rules, violated the Congressional Review Act and can be reversed quickly.

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