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California Governor’s 5-Year, $12.5 Billion Climate Budget Draws Mixed Views

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) proposed five-year, $12.5 billion budget for a broad suite of climate change programs -- including numerous projects to reduce greenhouse gases, promote resilience and transition to a “carbon-free” economy through investments in advanced technologies -- is drawing mixed reviews from stakeholders.

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Environmentalists urge EPA to use IRIS’ EtO value in MON rule

“We are calling on EPA to continue to apply the final 2016 IRIS-derived ethylene oxide cancer risk estimate in this rulemaking and future rulemakings,” an Earthjustice scientist told EPA.

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Despite Wide Support, Some Republicans Wary Of EPA HFC Limits

Key House Republicans are raising concerns with bipartisan and bicameral legislation that would give EPA new authority to phase down the production and use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants that act as potent greenhouse gases, signaling likely hurdles for the measure despite significant industry and GOP support.

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Free-market group praises ‘reform’ of EPA’s PM2.5 risk assessment

The free-market Texas Public Policy Foundation welcomes EPA’s efforts to downplay the benefits of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) reductions, with implications for future rules targeting PM2.5

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EPA Urged To Weigh Chemicals’ Effects On Ozone Layer In TSCA Reviews

A group that has long sought to speed the phase-out of ozone-depleting chemicals is warning EPA that it must consider the ozone-depleting effects of methylene chloride and a dozen chemicals on the agency’s list for the next 20 to evaluate under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), because they pose risks to human health and the environment.

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Environmentalists Expand Suit Targeting Western Oil & Gas Leasing

Environmental groups are significantly expanding their litigation challenging the climate change-related analysis supporting federal oil and gas drilling leases across the West, targeting over 2,000 leases in five states while also trying to block nearly 500 separate leases that were the subject of a prior suit from the groups.

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Environmentalists Warn DOD To Comply With New PFAS Disposal Mandates

Weeks after policymakers enacted new limits on the Defense Department’s (DOD) incineration of materials containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), environmentalists are suggesting they may sue the department in an effort to force it to comply with the new mandates.

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EPA Defends Not Compensating For Small Refinery Waivers In 2019 RFS

EPA is defending its decision not to use its 2019 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rule to compensate for lost biofuels production as a result of RFS waivers that the agency might have granted for that compliance year, even as the Trump administration vows to shift to a policy that could reduce the number of exemptions granted.

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DOJ, Critics File Dueling Arguments On Pace Of Auto GHG Waiver Suit

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is opposing a request by states and environmentalists that a federal appeals court pause a dispute over EPA’s preemption of California vehicle greenhouse gas rules pending resolution of a related dispute in district court over the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) portion of the rulemaking.

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EPA makes permanent Srinivasan’s role as top air lawyer role

Gautam Srinivasan, previously acting associate general counsel of EPA’s Air & Radiation Law Office, has been appointed to the position permanently.

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