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USFS finalizes controversial NEPA exclusion rule

The agency-specific regulation comes amid continued legal wrangling over the White House’s sweeping rule streamlining how all agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act.

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NYU’s Revesz mentioned as contender to lead Biden EPA

New York University environmental law professor Ricky Revesz, who founded the school’s Institute for Policy Integrity, is reportedly being considered for EPA chief under the incoming Biden administration.

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Policy expert says ‘green’ stimulus boosts U.S. climate ‘credibility’

Alden Meyer, a long-time international climate policy expert, says the incoming Biden administration should focus its efforts on enacting low-carbon measures in economic stimulus legislation.

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Agriculture, Environmental Groups Urge EPA To Boost Carbon Storage

An expanding coalition of agriculture, forestry and environmental groups is floating dozens of steps to boost carbon storage and achieve greenhouse gas cuts, including for EPA to update lifecycle GHG analysis for fuels that qualify under its renewable fuels standard (RFS) to account for the industry’s efficiency gains.

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Litigation clock starts for EPA rule scrapping ‘once in’ air toxics policy

Environmental groups have already pledged to challenge the rule in court, warning that it could lead to spikes in toxic air pollution from industrial facilities.

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Biden Touts Advisor’s Broad Roles In Face Of Environmentalists’ Criticisms

President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is touting the broad roles that newly appointed “public engagement” advisor, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), will play in addressing climate change, environmental justice and other issues even as his selection is drawing criticism from environmentalists who say he has been too close to polluting industries.

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OTC Finds Emissions Cuts Due To COVID-19 But Ozone Problems Persist

Air regulators in the 12-state Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) area of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic have found that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to plummeting levels of ozone-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) and ozone in the region, even as computer modeling shows that problems with high ozone levels will persist on the East Coast.

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EPA Unveils Vehicle Air Model Update But Doubts Linger Over 2020 NEI

EPA has unveiled a major update to its motor vehicle emissions simulator (MOVES) tool that aims to improve estimates of autos’ air pollution used in rulemakings and the agency’s 2020 National Emissions Inventory (NEI), amid doubts over the accuracy of the latest NEI due to air quality changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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EPA grants reconsideration of organic liquids air toxics rule

The agency is proposing to stay and reconsider its recent final rule revising air toxics standards for the non-gasoline organic liquids distribution industry.

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ACC targets EtO review in suit over EPA chemical manufacturing air rule

The chemical industry group suggests EPA erred by relying on a stringent assessment of health risks from the solvent ethylene oxide when setting air toxics limits for the chemical manufacturing sector.

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