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EPA reschedules utility NSPS hearing, extends comment deadline

EPA will hold a hearing on its coal plant new source performance standards (NSPS) changes on Feb. 14, with public comments on the plan due March 18.

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Shutdown Further Stalls EPA ‘Foreign’ Regional Haze Guidance For States

The recent EPA shutdown has further delayed issuance of guidance documents to help states account for foreign air pollution in their plans for complying with the agency’s regional haze emissions reduction program, forcing states to craft plans without federal input and risk future disagreements with EPA that could hinder approval of the plans.

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New Mexico joins state climate alliance, sets 2030 GHG target

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) issued an executive order that commits her state to achieve the goals of the Paris climate agreement and seeks to cut GHGs 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

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New analysis justifies greater ethanol use, supporters say

Ethanol advocates are promoting an analysis showing conflicting findings on the air pollution caused by ethanol in fuel, which they say bolsters calls for greater use of ethanol.

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Environmentalists fault EPA defense of contested Title V air permit

Environmentalists says EPA cannot defend itself against their challenge to a Texas facility’s Clean Air Act permit by relying on its doctrine of not ‘second-guessing’ states’ decisions.

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D.C. Circuit reschedules oral argument in EPA HFC policy suit

After a one-month delay, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has scheduled oral argument for March 8 in a suit over EPA's HFC refrigerant rules.

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Democrats ramp up EPA clean air oversight

Democratic leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are ramping up their oversight of the Trump administration's rollback of air quality policies.

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New York says vehicle GHG plan appears to omit state consult

The state is seeking documents to substantiate how EPA and NHTSA “purportedly” complied with an executive order requiring consultation with states on implementing federal policies.

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Environmentalists seek 60-day extension for NSPS comments

Several groups say that the just-concluded government shutdown restricted their ability to analyze all of the underlying technical data for EPA's proposed rollback of the Obama-era climate rule for new coal plants.

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Municipalities, Environmentalists Attack EPA Ozone NAAQS Designations

Illinois, local governments in Colorado and New Mexico, and environmentalists in a new legal filing are attacking EPA’s abrupt reversal designating areas of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin as attaining the 2015 ozone standard after previously proposing to find them in nonattainment, claiming EPA lacked justification for the change.

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