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EAB Deals Environmentalists Two Losses In Bid For Stricter NSR Permits

EPA's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has dealt environmentalists two losses in cases seeking stricter Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permits for energy facilities, deferring to state air regulators on an Arizona gas-fired power plant's permit and backing EPA Region 8's permits for a series of natural gas compressors in Utah.

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Facing Court Losses, White House Mulls Limited NEPA Climate Guidance

Following a series of court losses, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is mulling narrow new guidance to federal agencies for how to consistently consider greenhouse gas emissions in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, after it withdrew a detailed guide the Obama CEQ issued on the topic after years of work.

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EPA IG grants Senate Democrats' call to review 'glider' repeal rule

The watchdog says it will review whether the controversial plan violated long-standing policies requiring analysis of costs and benefits -- as well as children's health implications -- of environmental rules.

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NACAA Faults Eased EPA Auto Parts Enforcement, Seeks Strict Air Limits

The National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) is faulting EPA's plan to revise and ease its enforcement policy on tampering with aftermarket auto emissions control parts such as catalytic converters by warning that it will not adequately protect air quality, and is calling on the agency to instead pursue strict new emissions rules for the parts.

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EPA promises Sterigenics risk analysis in 2019

“We'll reach a point where we feel like we have a good grip on what the risks look like from this facility and that will help us to know what we think we should do,” EPA air chief Bill Wehrum said.

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States, Industry Group At Odds Over Trump EPA's HFC 'Management' Plan

Democratic-led states are at odds with a manufacturing industry coalition over a Trump EPA plan to rescind Obama-era rules extending refrigerant management and leak guidelines to appliances that use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that are a potent short-term greenhouse gas.

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Final EPA 2019 RFS Gives Modest Hike To Cellulosic Fuel Production Goal

EPA's final 2019 renewable fuel standard (RFS) production goals largely echo the proposed version of the rule but also include a modest hike for cellulosic biofuel targets over the proposal, disappointing biofuels groups that lobbied EPA to increase all fuel volume categories to compensate for RFS waivers it will likely grant to small refiners.

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EPA Easing 45-Year-Old Enforcement Policy For Aftermarket Vehicle Parts

EPA's enforcement office is moving closer to updating a 45-year-old policy for how the agency enforces against tampering of aftermarket engine parts, including catalytic converters, clarifying that if manufacturers can demonstrate with test data that their products meet emissions requirements, then EPA will exercise discretion to limit enforcement.

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CASAC Members Urge More Time, Special Panel For Ozone NAAQS Review

Members of EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory (CASAC) committee are urging the agency to give them more time for their review of the ozone ambient air limit and also revive a disbanded special panel to assist the review, warning that the current process is too quick and could undermine the quality of their scientific advice.

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D.C. Circuit Divided On Merits Of States' Bid To Force EPA OTC Expansion

Appellate judges at Nov. 28 oral argument appeared divided on the merits of Northeastern states' suit aiming to force EPA to expand the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) of states subject to stricter ozone reduction mandates, with two judges backing the agency's denial of the effort while the third offered some support for the states.

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