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CSAPR Remand Marks First Biden EPA Air Policy Sent For OMB Review

EPA has sent for White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) pre-publication review its final rule that responds to an appellate court ruling forcing it to strengthen the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program, a move required by a legal deadline but that also represents the first Biden EPA air rule to seek OMB approval.

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EPA Sends Recommendations For Trump-Era Rule Rescissions To OMB

EPA met its Feb. 19 administrative deadline for sending the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) a preliminary list of Trump-era rules that it is targeting for revising or rescinding, confirming that the list includes vehicle greenhouse gas deregulatory actions among other Trump rules environmentalists oppose.

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CBD urges court to sever its PM NAAQS endangered species suit

The Center for Biological Diversity argues that its endangered species lawsuit is distinct from other challenges over the Trump EPA’s decision to retain the existing federal particulate matter air standards.

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Conservative Group Says States’ Ozone Suit ‘Trojan Horse’ For GHG Limits

Energy Policy Advocates, a conservative-leaning group focused on transparency in federal energy policy, claims that a lawsuit filed by 15 states and 14 environmental organizations over the Trump EPA’s rule retaining Obama-era ozone air standards is a “Trojan Horse” that ultimately aims for tighter regulation of greenhouse gases.

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Environmentalists Seek Interim Auto GHG Rules Stricter Than California’s

Environmentalists are ramping up their advocacy in support of near-term federal greenhouse gas rules that are stricter than those contained in the deal between California and several automakers, drafting a letter to be sent as soon as Feb. 25 to President Joe Biden urging stronger action as part of efforts to decarbonize the vehicle sector.

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OIG Urges EPA To Reconsider Decision Against Warning On EtO Air Risks

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is urging the agency’s new political leadership to reconsider the Trump administration’s decision that rejected an OIG recommendation for EPA to communicate the adverse health risks of ethylene oxide (EtO) exposure to communities living near facilities emitting the solvent.

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Environmentalists detail legal attacks on Trump EPA ‘once in’ air rule

The Biden EPA is asking the federal appeals court that is hearing the challenge over the air toxics policy to pause the suit while the agency reviews the regulation for possible reversal.

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States outline legal arguments against Trump EPA cost-benefit air rule

EPA is separately asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to put the case in abeyance while it considers whether to revoke the Trump-era cost-benefit analysis policy.

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D.C. Circuit agrees to partial stay of mandate in utility GHG suit

The court's decision gives the Biden administration more time to weigh how to proceed with regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

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Backing 10th Circuit, EPA Eyes Major Limit On Issuing Future RFS Waivers

EPA is announcing that it now supports a federal appeals court ruling that largely bars the agency from granting small refiners’ requests for renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers, signaling that the Biden administration is likely to place a major limit on the exemptions compared to the Trump EPA that issued dozens of RFS waivers.

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