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States, Environmentalists Back ‘Alternative Compliance’ In Methane Rules

State environmental commissioners are joining environmentalists to urge EPA and state governments to bolster the use of “alternative compliance” provisions in their rules limiting methane releases from oil and gas operations, a step they argue could ease industry costs while still delivering equivalent emissions cuts.

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EPA continues to attack states’ standing in landfill methane suit

EPA says the “special solicitude” the Supreme Court granted to states in Massachusetts v. EPA in 2007 -- when it held they could sue EPA over its refusal to regulate GHGs -- does not apply in this case.

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EPA Backs States’ Use Of Auto GHG Limits In SIPs, Undercutting Rollback

EPA is approving state implementation plans (SIPs) to meet federal ozone standards that rely on Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas limits for reducing emissions even as the agency prepares to scrap such measures after finishing its controversial rule preempting states from enforcing their own vehicle GHG rules.

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Global study shows PM2.5 mortality risk

A report from a research group partially funded by EPA underscores the adverse health effects of fine particulate matter, but EPA advisers are divided on whether to tighten the agency’s current standards.

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EPA Plans Second Wave Of NSR Revisions In Coming Guidance Memos

EPA air policy chief Bill Wehrum is planning a second wave of changes to the new source review (NSR) air permitting program to ease industry compliance, based mostly on non-binding guidance, before the end of President Donald Trump’s current term, according to a top agency air official.

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Democrats See Yawning Gap Between Wheeler's Goals, FY20 Budget

Capitol Hill Democrats are pressuring EPA chief Andrew Wheeler to reconcile what they argue are yawning discrepancies in his generic support for greater environmental protections and the agency's fiscal year 2020 budget request -- which seeks significant cuts -- and other activities that threaten to undercut such protections.

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States detail timeline for crafting RGGI-like transportation policy

Nine states and the District of Columbia will hold workshops in the coming weeks on a cap-and-trade program for transportation fuels, hoping to develop a final proposal by the end of the year.

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House Democrats Press Wheeler For Answers On EPA's Declining Staffing

Democratic appropriators in the House are pressing EPA chief Andrew Wheeler on what he is doing to shore up the agency's workforce, expressing concerns that agency leadership is not maintaining staff at levels allowed by prior funding laws and that staff departures are jeopardizing environmental protection.

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Critics Urge Court To Vacate EPA’s Rejection Of Ozone Transport Petitions

Delaware, Maryland and environmental groups are urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to vacate EPA’s rejection of petitions the states filed asking the agency to impose ozone-reduction measures on pollution sources beyond the states’ boundaries, saying in opening briefs the decision is based on flawed data.

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Final SAB ‘Advice’ To EPA On Biomass CO2 Conflicts With Agency Policy

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) has completed its long-pending advice to EPA on calculating biomass carbon dioxide emissions from smokestacks after accounting for forest regrowth, reaching conclusions at odds with agency policy and unable to endorse a cohesive framework for how to assess the emissions.

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