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Former Officials Warn EPA Lacks Legal Power To Scrap MATS Finding

Former EPA officials, including several who helped craft the Obama-era mercury and air toxics standards (MATS), are warning the Trump administration that it lacks legal authority for its proposal to scrap the cost-benefit finding underpinning the MATS rule, unless it pursues a major new cost review that the agency has so far avoided.

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222045

EPA finalizes rule easing compliance with incinerator air standards

A final EPA rule easing some compliance requirements with incinerator air toxics rule is unlikely to draw legal challenges, as no environmental groups filed adverse comments on the proposed version.

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222051

Court Enters EPA Pact With Aftermarket Parts Firm But Harley Pact Pending

A federal district court has entered a contested consent decree between EPA and an aftermarket parts maker that environmentalists had argued was too weak, even as the Justice Department awaits court approval on a similar, long-pending pact with Harley Davidson that has similarly drawn state and environmentalist opposition.

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222036

Despite Uncertainties, Automakers Back EPA Bid To Ease Vehicle GHG Rules

Automaker trade groups are bolstering the Trump EPA's defense of its determination that vehicle greenhouse gas standards should be weakened, despite uncertainties about whether they will publicly support the administration's specific regulations to rollback the rules.

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222027

Utilities depart UARG after Wehrum probe begins

Four utilities have recently left the power sector lobbying group that focuses on coal generators, with their dues representing nearly 20 percent of the group’s overall budget in 2017.

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222026

Northeast states back suit over interstate ozone petition denials

New Jersey and New York want an appellate court to vacate and remand EPA’s rejection of other states’ petitions asking the agency to regulate sources of ozone air pollution in upwind states.

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222024

EPA floats boat-engine air rule compliance delay

The agency says its issuance of a compliance delay for air emissions standards applicable to certain marine diesel engines stems from a lack of available engines.

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222022

Environmentalists sue EPA to force coke oven air toxics standards

The suit, filed in federal district court, seeks an ‘expeditious’ deadline for EPA to conduct an air law-mandated review of whether to revise two air toxics rules for coke ovens.

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222016

EPA Staff Crafts New Analysis Of Flaws, Possible Fixes For Vehicle GHG Plan

EPA staff has prepared a new draft review that includes possible remedies for widely criticized assumptions in the Trump administration's proposed freeze of vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, assumptions that critics say artificially boost the safety, cost and other benefits of the proposal while understating its environmental impacts.

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222004

CASAC formally calls for EPA to revive special PM panel

CASAC is formally asking EPA to recruit a specialized subpanel to assist in its review of particulate matter air standards, likely delaying EPA’s review.

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222003

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