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Trump Executive Order Could End Host Of EPA Advisory Committees

Key EPA advisory committees governing air quality policy, children’s health, environmental justice and environmental finance are among more than a dozen facing elimination after President Donald Trump issued an order requiring EPA and other agencies to disband one-third of their federal advisory committees (FACs) by Sept. 30.

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New York urges EPA to approve interstate ozone petition

The state warns that denying the petition ‘would allow hundreds of sources in nine upwind states to shirk their responsibility’ to reduce ozone-forming emissions having an adverse impact on New York.

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Senators urge IG to probe EPA’s use of TRI data

“We request that the IG examine how EPA currently uses and historically has used TRI, NATA, and other information to identify and respond to potential threats to human health,” the senators write.

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NAS launches “deep decarbonization” initiative

A July 22-23 workshop will explore the “challenges and opportunities for deploying and scaling up technologies involved in deep decarbonization.”

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FERC Faces Growing Pressure To Review Gas Pipelines’ GHG Impacts

Federal energy regulators are under increasing pressure to conduct broad greenhouse gas and climate reviews when approving natural gas infrastructure, with a recent appellate court ruling rejecting many of the officials’ arguments for sidestepping such analysis even though the court upheld a pair of permit approvals on procedural grounds.

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Clock starts for suit over EPA’s EPCRA waiver for AFO air reporting

Environmental groups have long opposed exempting animal feeding operations from federal emissions reporting mandates and are expected to file suit over the agency’s final waiver.

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Judges Appear To Back EPA’s Narrow Stance On Title V Permit Reviews

Judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit appear to be leaning toward EPA’s view that the agency should not “second guess” states’ decisions on underlying requirements included in Clean Air Act Title V air operating permits, in the second lawsuit to test the Trump administration’s change of policy on such agency review.

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Judge sends Baltimore climate nuisance suit to state court

The litigation deals a blow to oil industry efforts to halt the spate of climate nuisance suits around the country, and it tees up an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

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EPA Seeks Reviewers For Controversial Methods Of Estimating PM Benefits

EPA is seeking experts to peer review potential new approaches for estimating the benefits of reducing fine particulate matter (PM2.5) below national standards, an effort that could help the agency justify planned rollbacks of Obama-era rules governing power plant emissions of mercury and greenhouse gases that relied on the “co-benefits” provided by the PM2.5 reductions.

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OTC Urges EPA To Accelerate Development Of Stricter Truck NOx Air Limit

WILMINGTON, DE -- The Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) of 12 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states is urging EPA to accelerate its development of a tougher limit for ozone-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions for new heavy-duty trucks, seeing the rule as vital to the region’s efforts to attain federal ozone air standards.

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