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EPA settles environmentalists’ suits over state SO2, ozone air plans

The agency’s proposed settlements would resolve Clean Air Act lawsuits brought by environmentalists aimed at clearing the backlog of state air compliance plans that the agency has yet to approve.

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With Lower Profile, Regan Seen Pushing EPA Toward New GHG Rules

EPA Administrator Michael Regan did not play a leading role in President Joe Biden’s international climate summit last week and the agency has not yet announced any major climate rules, but Regan is working behind the scenes on a suite of new EPA greenhouse gas policies that will play a key role meeting the administration’s emissions targets, sources say.

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Scientific groups call for diversity on EPA advisory panels

A coalition of 16 organizations including the Union of Concerned Scientists says the federal government must increase diversity in advisory panels to improve the quality of scientific advice agencies receive.

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Study links childhood air pollution exposure with heart disease

The findings could add to pressure on EPA from environmentalists and some states to tighten its air regulations for mobile sources, which are large emitters of particulate matter and other pollutants.

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GOP States Urge Justices To Quickly Curb EPA’s ‘Unbridled’ GHG Power

Republican officials from 19 states are urging the Supreme Court to overturn an appellate ruling they say gives EPA “unbridled” power to limit greenhouse gases from power plants and other sectors under the Clean Air Act, arguing the court should accept the case now because the Biden administration is poised to use such power “aggressively.”

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EPA Plans Expanded TRI Mandates For ‘Priority’ TSCA Chemicals, EtO

EPA is planning to subject a host of new chemicals and facilities to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements, including all chemicals on the TSCA “high-priority” list and Obama-era workplan, as well as requiring some previously exempt facilities that work with ethylene oxide (EtO) to participate in the program.

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EPA Urged To Strengthen Refinery Rules As Part Of Broader Air Toxics Push

Environmentalists are pressing EPA to boost its enforcement of refinery air toxics regulations and close what they call “loopholes” in rules that allow dangerously high emissions of carcinogenic benzene, part of a wider effort to force the Biden administration to advance environmental justice (EJ) by reducing toxic emissions from facilities.

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Senate Democrats Cite Methane CRA Vote As Only First Step On Climate

Senate Democrats are vowing that their successful vote to repeal the Trump EPA’s rule deregulating oil and gas methane emissions is just a first step toward addressing climate change, saying that Congress will also move on other measures, such as a climate-focused infrastructure package.

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Researchers’ study highlights environmental injustice in air pollution

The findings by researchers at universities across the United States add to studies showing that poor and minority communities are disproportionately harmed by air pollution.

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Regan Says EPA To Play ‘Central’ Role In Achieving Biden GHG Target

EPA Administrator Michael Regan says the agency is poised to play a “central” role in achieving President Joe Biden’s pledge to halve nationwide greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade, telling senators that the agency’s “conceptual” projections of GHG cuts from major rules could be released publicly.

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