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EPA poised to publish MATS rollback proposal

The agency’s publication in the Federal Register of its plan to undo the finding justifying its utility air toxics rule will start a 60-day public comment period.

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EPA Cautions EtO Air Monitoring Data Indicates 'Background' Sources

EPA officials are cautioning that air monitoring near a high-profile Illinois sterilizing facility that uses ethylene oxide (EtO) -- where agency modeling data have indicated the chemical may pose a higher potential cancer risk to residents -- has detected background levels of EtO that appears to be coming from sources other than the facility.

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House Democrats float bill to preserve Obama-era vehicle GHG rules

The bill would preserve strict Obama-era standards through model year 2025, while also prohibiting EPA and the Transportation Department from creating “loopholes” in the rules.

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House Hearings To Build Case For Climate Action Ahead Of Policy Details

House Democrats are rolling out a blitz of hearings on the implications of climate change, seeking to highlight such threats in order to build a case for policy to reduce greenhouse gases, while also creating a contrast with the Trump administration on the issue in advance of more complicated efforts to reach consensus on climate legislation.

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Biofuels Groups Ramp Up Legal Opposition To Small Refiner RFS Waivers

Biofuels groups are ramping up their legal opposition against EPA’s issuance of waivers to small refiners from having to meet renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandates, filing a lawsuit targeting the agency’s 2019 RFS volumes rule and separately detailing legal arguments against EPA’s retroactive issuance of waivers.

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DOJ disputes right to ‘stable climate system’ in youth climate suit

Youth plaintiffs argue the government’s promotion of fossil fuels violates their right to a stable climate, but the Trump administration argues such a right is “entirely without basis in this Nation’s history or tradition.”

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EPA Eyes Rule Defining Biomass Energy As BACT In Clean Air Permits

EPA is considering issuing a rule to define biomass feedstocks as the best available control technology (BACT) for controlling greenhouse gas emissions in Clean Air Act permits because the agency would consider the fuel carbon neutral, though environmentalists would likely offer strenuous opposition to such a rule.

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Northeast states back Illinois’ suit over ozone NAAQS designations

A coalition of states is backing Illinois and environmentalists in their legal challenge to EPA’s ozone ambient air standard attainment designations for several areas.

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EPA Eyes End To NSR Compliance Priority, Adding Water And Lead Goals

EPA is proposing new compliance initiatives (NCIs) for fiscal years 2020-2023 that include eliminating the agency’s priority on enforcing the Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permit program, while adding new priorities on noncompliance with drinking water standards and reducing children’s exposures to lead.

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Wheeler Faces Criticism On MATS Rollback But Senate Confirmation Likely

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) is urging Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to drop his rollback of the Obama-era power plant air toxics rule as a condition for winning support to be permanent agency chief, but his confirmation appears likely regardless and supporters of the rule are eyeing other options to challenge the rollback.

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