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EPA, petitioners file final briefs in suit over NSR reporting rule

New Jersey’s long-dormant lawsuit will test an EPA Clean Air Act new source review emissions screening tool that has been in use for over a decade and has the support of major industry groups.

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SUNY study finds link between air toxics exposures, COVID-19 deaths

The State University of New York is the first to focus on a link between air toxics and increased risk of death from COVID-19, compared to earlier studies linking virus deaths to criteria pollutants such as ozone.

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Top DOD environment official Sullivan retiring

Maureen Sullivan, who has held leadership roles on environmental policy at the Defense Department for 28 years, is planning to retire, prompting a House lawmaker to lament the loss of “an incredible resource.”

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EPA sends CSAPR remand response rule for OMB review

The agency moving forward with its response to a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remand of its flagship policy for curbing interstate ozone pollution.

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SAB Poised To Finalize Report Faulting EPA’s Air Cost-Benefit Overhaul

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) appears poised to finalize a report detailing several concerns with the agency’s rule to overhaul the cost-benefit analysis procedures under its Clean Air Act program, while suggesting that EPA reexamine whether some of the proposal’s provisions might be better addressed in guidance.

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Expanding Legal Fight, Environmentalists Seek Stay Of EPA Methane Rule

A coalition of 10 environmental groups including Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is asking a federal appeals court to immediately stay EPA’s final policy “review” scrapping direct methane emissions on new oil and gas facilities, expanding the legal fight over the rollback of the Obama-era policy.

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District Court Rejects CEI FOIA Suit Over State Department Paris Memo

A federal district court is rejecting the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute’s (CEI) lawsuit seeking to force disclosure of the Obama State Department’s legal memo supporting the previous administration’s decision to join the Paris climate deal as an “executive agreement” rather than a treaty that requires Senate ratification.

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BLM to appeal methane rule vacatur to 9th Circuit

“BLM now believes . . . that the 2016 rule suffers from flaws that render the rule inconsistent” with the Administrative Procedure Act and Mineral Leasing Act,” the agency says in a new legal filing.

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EPA sends final ‘science’ rule for OMB review

Once EPA finalizes the rule, the agency plans to write tailored versions for its program offices.

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EPA reappoints Cox as CASAC chairman, Boylan as panel member

Agency chief Andrew Wheeler has reappointed industry consultant Tony Cox as chair of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and Georgia air regulatory James Boylan as a member of the panel.

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