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Facing Veto Threat, House Readies Debate On Trump EPA Rollbacks

Even as they face a veto threat from the White House, House Democratic leaders have teed up debate on EPA’s fiscal year 2020 spending bill, allowing for floor consideration of amendments that would block several Trump EPA priorities, including measures that roll back climate rules for new power plants and attack the basis for mercury limits.

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Vehicle GHG Hearing Likely To Flag Rollback’s Job Cuts, GHG Increase

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s upcoming hearing on the Trump administration’s vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rule rollback is poised to highlight the rule’s potential harm to the economy, consumers and the climate, adding to a barrage of prior criticism of the plan’s claimed safety and other benefits.

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Trump Critics See Co-Benefit Double Standard In MATS, Vehicle Rollbacks

Environmentalists and other critics of the Trump EPA’s deregulatory agenda are citing plans to roll back vehicle greenhouse gas and power plant mercury rules as high-profile examples of a double standard in which officials ignore “co-benefits” that strengthen rules but embrace them when they help justify weaker standards.

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States Warn EPA’s ACE Rule Could Make Them Vulnerable To Lawsuits

State air regulators are warning that EPA’s imminent Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule will, if finalized as proposed, leave them vulnerable to suits from regulated utilities, their competitors and environmentalists because it does not set an GHG reduction target against which their plans would be assessed.

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EPA Approval Of State SSM Waivers Seen As Bid To Evade D.C. Circuit Bar

Environmentalists say EPA’s issuance of state-specific waivers for industry emissions spikes during startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM) events in lieu of issuing a final national rule approving such waivers appears to be a bid to evade a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit case that could block such a policy.

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New Jersey re-joins RGGI as 10th member

The state’s final rule to re-join the carbon market reconstitutes the cap-and-trade program’s original membership of 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

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Forest Service NEPA streamlining plan draws criticism

The plan would dramatically expand the types of activities that can receive categorical exclusions from review under the National Environmental Policy Act, among other streamlining measures.

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Industries Back EPA ‘Significant Impact Levels’ Air Permit Screening Tools

Major industry groups are backing EPA’s issuance of “significant impact levels” (SILs) that states can use to exempt industry air permit applicants from extensive permit review, backing the agency’s defense of the screening tools against environmentalists’ lawsuit that claims SILs allow unlawful violations of federal air quality standards.

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Report lists 475 facilities may be discharging PFAS

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed two EPA online databases and data from a New York survey to identify 475 industrial sites known to produce or use PFAS or are suspected of using PFAS.

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D.C. Circuit Boosts EPA’s Policy On Limited Review Of Title V Air Permits

A federal appeals court has dismissed environmentalists’ suit over an EPA policy shift that bars the agency from “second-guessing” states’ Clean Air Act Title V permit decisions, boosting the policy in the short-term although the court rejected the suit on procedural grounds so a future lawsuit could still challenge the policy’s merits.

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