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OTC Weighs Options For Mobile Source Air Cuts To Attain Ozone NAAQS

The Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states is increasingly looking to options for reducing ozone-forming mobile sources such as cars and trucks as long-term options for driving down stubbornly high levels of the pollutant that are preventing them from attaining EPA’s ozone ambient air standards.

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EPA Joins Calls For FERC To More Closely Scrutinize Amended Pipeline

EPA Region 3 is joining environmentalists and state officials in urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to more closely scrutinize the environmental effects of a developer’s plan to bifurcate a proposed natural gas pipeline in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Pandemic slows suit over state vehicle GHG programs

Opponents of the administration’s September rule preempting state vehicle greenhouse gas programs are seeking at least a 21-day extension of a proposed deadline for their opening briefs, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Refiners, Barrasso Urge 10th Circuit Rehearing Of RFS Waivers Ruling

The refining sector, backed by the state of Wyoming and Senate environment committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), is urging a federal appeals court to grant rehearing of its landmark decision striking down compliance waivers granted to small refiners for renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending obligations.

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Environmentalists threaten to sue EPA over Denver ozone SIP

Environmental groups are threatening to sue EPA over its failure to approve plans from Colorado to cut ozone in the Denver region.

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UARG attorneys join new law firm

Three attorneys that represented the now-defunct Utility Air Regulatory Group are leaving the law firm that had long represented the group, and they are joining the firm McGuireWoods.

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Vehicle GHG Rule Sees Lost Auto Jobs, Complicating Economic Pitch

The Trump administration’s own analysis for its final rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas standards estimates that the policy will actually reduce up to 20,000 auto sector jobs, a finding that complicates President Donald Trump’s claims that the rule keeps a promise to boost the auto industry and the broader economy.

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House Lawmakers Launch Early Push For PFAS Measures In Defense Bill

House lawmakers are launching an early push to try to attach stalled policy measures to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to next year’s defense authorization bill, seeking to build on efforts late last year that added a host of PFAS measures to the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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EPA, Sierra Club Defend Injunctive Relief In Key NSR Air Permit Appeal

EPA and environmentalists in new legal briefs are defending a federal district court’s requirement that electric utility Ameren Missouri install tougher emissions controls on two power plants, in an appeal testing the limits of EPA’s enforcement authority under the new source review (NSR) air permit program.

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OIG stands behind EtO alert despite Wheeler’s call for withdrawal

The watchdog office is refusing Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s request to withdraw an “urgent” management alert that called for new outreach to communities affected by ethylene oxide emissions.

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