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DOUBTS RAISED ON EPA PACT TO REVIEW BATON ROUGE RFG REQUIREMENTS

EPA has agreed to reconsider Baton Rouge's request to waive a federal reformulated gasoline (RFG) requirement even though the Clean Air Act bars such waivers for "severe" ozone nonattainment areas like the Louisiana city, prompting EPA and some oil industry officials to question whether the agency can waive the requirement.

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WEST COAST TO SEEK FUNDING FOR EARLY IMPLEMENTATION OF DIESEL RULES

California, Washington, Oregon and Alaska are seeking $100 million from EPA and other federal agencies to help pay for early implementation of EPA's diesel rules for vehicles -- including trucks, buses, trains, boats, and farm and construction equipment, EPA sources and environmentalists say.

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JUDGES REJECT ACTIVISTS' EFFORT TO BROADEN SCOPE OF BUSH NSR REFORM

In one of the first legal decisions on the issue, EPA's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has rebuffed an environmental group's effort to use a revised definition of what constitutes an "emissions unit" under the Bush administration's 2002 new source review (NSR) reforms to seek upgraded pollution controls at a power plant.

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USDA Proposes Extending Methyl Bromide 'Quarantine Exemption' To Domestic Use

The Bush administration is proposing to expand the so-called "quarantine exemption" for the ozone-depleting pesticide methyl bromide under the Montreal Protocol to allow its use in domestic agriculture shipments. Until now, the exemption has only been used to allow the pesticide to be sprayed on international shipments of nursery plants and crops.

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West Coast To Seek Funding For Early Implementation Of EPA Diesel Rules

California, Washington, Oregon and Alaska are seeking $100 million from EPA and other federal agencies to help pay for early implementation of EPA's diesel rules for vehicles -- including trucks, buses, trains, boats, and farm and construction equipment, EPA sources and environmentalists say.

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EPA Decision To Reconsider Baton Rouge's Clean Fuel Waiver Request Raises Doubts

EPA has agreed to reconsider Baton Rouge's request to waive a federal reformulated gasoline (RFG) requirement even though the Clean Air Act bars such waivers for "severe" ozone nonattainment areas like the Louisiana city, prompting EPA and some oil industry officials to question whether the agency can waive the requirement.

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STATES BLAST EPA FOR LIMITED TIME TO REVIEW MAJOR CAIR MODEL CHANGES

State groups are angry with EPA for changing the modeling method used to estimate pollution reductions achievable under the clean air interstate rule (CAIR) without giving stakeholders enough time to comment.

The groups say that using new modeling data to support an already-proposed rule is highly unusual and potentially problematic, adding they cannot evaluate in the 21 days EPA is allowing for comment whether the complex modifications are accurate and appropriate.

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FIRST-TIME CALIFORNIA CLIMATE RULE TO FACE INDUSTRY CHALLENGE

California air regulators have released a sure-to-be-litigated proposal for the nation's first regulation controlling greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, estimating the requirements would add $292 to the cost of cars and $308 to light trucks during the first phase of the rule, which would begin in 2009.

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DOE EXPECTED TO DELAY FINAL CLIMATE REGISTRY UNTIL AFTER ELECTION

The Department of Energy (DOE) has delayed revisions to a high-profile, voluntary greenhouse gas reporting program, making it unlikely that the department will meet a prior commitment to finalize the proposal around the time of the November election.

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RESEARCH TYING AIR POLLUTION TO WESTERN DROUGHT MAY PROMPT EPA STUDY

New research showing a link between transported air pollution and drought could bolster staff calls within EPA's research office to study the growing body of scientific evidence linking this pollution to broader disruptions in weather patterns, agency sources say.

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