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Groups detail state rule gaps amid methane rollback

Environmental and taxpayer groups say the Trump administration's rollback of methane rules for oil and gas sites on federal lands leaves a “patchwork” of state programs that will boost pollution and waste of public resources.

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EPA Seeks To Limit Industry Data Requests In Enforcement, Raising Concern

EPA is seeking to limit information the agency requests from industry or states in enforcement and regulatory proceedings under federal air, waste and water laws, in a bid to ease burdens on industry and the agency, though the actions are reviving accusations that the Trump administration is curtailing environmental oversight.

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Seeing gains, industry urges Trump to back HFC treaty

A new industry report aims to persuade the Trump administration to send an HFC treaty to the Senate for ratification, even as there is little indication the White House will move on the issue.

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Highlighting Disconnect, Trump Climate Study Cites Obama-Era SCC Tool

The Trump administration's newly released assessment warning of significant economic damages from global warming also cites the social cost of carbon (SCC) metric the Obama administration used to estimate the benefits of emission cuts, even as the Trump EPA and other agencies are significantly curtailing use of the tool.

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EPA touts Mexican border truck anti-idling plan to cut emissions

In a new 'highlights' report, the agency is promoting the benefits of a joint U.S.-Mexico program to reduce truck air emissions on the border.

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EPA Proposes Wood Heater Air Rule Delay, Eyes Potential Weaker Limits

EPA is proposing to delay full implementation of Obama-era emissions limits for some wood-burning heaters through May 2022 and seeking input on potentially delaying implementation of other limits for similar devices, while also eyeing a possible broader delay or weakening of emissions limits that are slated to take effect in 2020.

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Community doubts EPA reversal on Chicago-area EtO facility's risk

EPA's announcement that it may have overstated the amount of ethylene oxide in the air near a Sterigenics sterilizing facility in the Chicago-area is doing little to assuage community concerns.

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Pending settlement could end suits over GenX discharges

The $13 million agreement between Chemours, North Carolina and environmentalists requires the chemical manufacturer to reduce air emissions and prevent water discharges of GenX.

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Former CASAC Members Fault EPA's 'Harmful' Shortened NAAQS Review

Former members of EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) are attacking what they say is the agency's “harmful” decision to shorten its national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) review process, warning that it will weaken CASAC's input on the standards and undermine the quality of its advice and its reputation.

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House GOP Floats Bill To Create National Octane Standard, Phase Out RFS

House Republicans are floating draft legislation that would create a national standard to boost the octane rating of fuel in order to promote ethanol while phasing out EPA's contentious renewable fuel standard (RFS) program, on the eve of the agency's release of its 2019 RFS goals for producing ethanol and other fuels.

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