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EPA approves alternative asbestos disposal method

EPA says it’s approval of an alternative method for disposal of asbestos pipe complies with both air standards and OSHA conditions

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EPA’s RFS Refiner Waivers Could Make 2020 Fuel Targets ‘Meaningless’

Biofuels industry officials are warning that EPA’s ongoing issuance of waivers to small refiners from having to meet renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandates could make the agency’s imminent proposed 2020 RFS fuel production targets “meaningless” because the exemptions undermine biofuels production levels.

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Advisors Face Challenging Schedule Reviewing Range Of EPA Policies

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is planning to review a broad range of Trump administration deregulatory policies in a relatively quick fashion in order to provide advice on the agency’s regulatory timeline, efforts that SAB Chairman Michael Honeycutt acknowledges will be difficult but adds that the board has voted to undertake.

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9th Circuit tosses Keystone permit suit

The litigation challenged the environmental review of the Trump administration’s permit for the Keystone XL project, but the appellate court held that a subsequent “presidential permit” made the case moot.

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EPA Shuffles Top Air Officials In Possible Retaliation For Auto Rule Fight

Critics of the Trump administration say EPA’s Office of Air & Radiation (OAR) staff shuffle that removes longtime transportation air quality chief Chris Grundler from his post may be retaliation for agency career employees pushing back on efforts to undo Obama-era rules, including vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards.

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Automakers Issue 11th-Hour Pitch To ‘Resurrect’ Vehicle GHG Talks

Nearly all major auto manufacturers in a late-hour pitch are urging the White House and California to “resurrect” negotiations toward a “compromise” vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas plan, despite widespread doubts that policymakers can forge such a deal that averts a legal war over the rules.

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EPA plans to publish E15 waiver June 10, starting clock for litigation

Opponents of EPA’s decision to allow year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol will have 60 days to sue over the waiver once the agency publishes it in the Federal Register.

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EPA floats legal pact to decide on Alaska PM2.5 air quality plan

The agency’s proposed settlement with environmentalists would require it to decide by July 8 on a plan for reducing fine particulate matter emissions in Fairbanks, AK.

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UARG Starts To Withdraw From EPA Lawsuits As It Begins ‘Unwinding’

The Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) is beginning to formally withdraw as a party in dozens of lawsuits -- the first public step in the industry group’s “unwinding” activities that were announced last month when it said it would disband in the midst of high-profile scrutiny over its ties with EPA air chief Bill Wehrum and other matters.

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Final EPA Guidance For States’ PM2.5 Air Planning Might Prompt Lawsuits

EPA’s final guidance on how states can exclude calculations of air pollution precursor impacts from plans and permits for attaining federal fine particulate matter (PM2.5) standards retains several provisions from the proposed version that environmentalists said were too weak, which might prompt critics to file suit over the guide.

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