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OTC Seeks Air Limits For Waste Combustors, Tighter VOC & NOx Rules

The Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) of Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states is seeking federal and state action to limit emissions from municipal waste combustors, while also calling for EPA to revise “grossly outdated” control techniques guidelines (CTGs) that limit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from multiple industry sectors.

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Environmentalists seek EJ expert to lead EPA Region 6

Local environmentalists are pushing the Biden administration to select one of three environmental justice experts to lead the agency’s Region 6 office, citing the need to take on the region’s petrochemical sector.

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EPA Puts ‘High Priority’ On Truck NOx, GHG Cuts As Internal Talks Proceed

EPA’s top air official is promising anxious states, environmental and industry groups that he places a “high priority” on reducing conventional air pollution and greenhouse gases from heavy-duty vehicles but is not yet able to offer a schedule for action as officials complete internal deliberations.

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Colorado urged to re-write coal plant permit

Environmentalists’ calls for tougher limits on the Pawnee Power Plant is the latest sign of fallout from a whistleblower claim that the state evaded necessary air pollution modeling for many facilities.

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EPA Plans Actions To Address SIP Backlog But Faces Long Road

EPA is telling its Office of Inspector General (OIG) that it is seeking more resources and taking other steps to resolve a long-running backlog in its approval of state implementation plans (SIPs) for attaining air quality standards, though the OIG says that while officials have made progress, they still have a long way to go.

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As Smoke Fears Rise, Regan Vows To Boost Monitoring, Revise Testing

EPA Administrator Michael Regan is promising senators that the agency will better monitor wildfire smoke and revise wood-stove testing in response to queries on what action he will take to protect the public from the increased releases of particulate matter from wildfire smoke and from smoke emitted by wood-burning heaters.

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EPA set to publish revised ozone designations

EPA’s decisions to expand ozone nonattainment zones are a win for environmentalists, but could invite further pushback and litigation from states or industry.

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EPA Slows Effort To Propose Truck Rule, Rejecting Broad Stakeholder Push

EPA is under pressure from industry and environmental groups to propose by the end of the year and finalize in 2022 a rule to limit nitrogen oxides (NOx) and possibly greenhouse gases from heavy-duty vehicles, but the agency’s new unified agenda shows officials have reclassified the rulemaking as a “long-term” action with no specific deadline.

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Biden Officials Float Details On ‘Whole-Of-Government’ Climate Rules

The Biden administration’s first semiannual regulatory agenda is providing new details on its “whole-of-government” approach to climate change, including efforts that go beyond traditional emission controls to boost renewable energy, improve efficiencies, mandate climate risk disclosures and develop advanced nuclear reactors.

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EPA settlement appears to skirt Trump prohibition on SEPs

The settlement requires a local utility authority to conduct a “state environmentally beneficial project” that pays $30,000 for electric vehicle charging stations.

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