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Environmentalists Tout Highway Bill’s Climate Title But Fight NEPA Reform

Environmental groups are ramping up resistance to provisions in a bipartisan Senate transportation bill that seek to speed environmental reviews, even as they praise the bill’s investments in electric vehicles (EVs) and other climate measures as an initial step toward the Biden administration’s more ambitious infrastructure plan.

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Senators reintroduce bipartisan RFS waivers transparency bill

The legislation introduced by two pro-biofuels senators would force EPA to disclose more information about refiners seeking renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers.

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EPA Permit For Offshore Wind Project Includes ‘Innovative’ Air Controls

EPA says its recently approved “major source” air permit for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind energy project off the coast of Massachusetts sets a precedent for strict permitting of other wind farms planned for the East Coast, with “innovative” permit provisions including a mandate for vessels building the facility to minimize emissions.

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Coalition urges Regan to reject biomass RFS request

A coalition of more than 75 climate and social justice groups is asking EPA Administrator Michael Regan to reject an industry request to allow some biomass to qualify for the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

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State AGs Urge EPA To Scrap ‘Alternative’ Wood Heater Test Methods

A group of nine state attorneys general (AGs) is urging EPA to scrap some technical standards for testing wood heaters’ emissions that they say are allowing manufacturers to certify devices that frequently fail to meet the agency’s standards for fine particulate matter air pollution.

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Novel study links prenatal UFP exposure, childhood asthma

The study’s findings could help EPA to build an evidence base that might eventually lead to the agency issuing first-time regulations targeting ultrafine particulate matter (UFP) emissions.

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Sierra Club threatens EPA with suit over late SO2 plans

Environmentalists are threatening to sue EPA to force final action on delayed state and federal air plans for reducing sulfur dioxide (SO2) air pollution.

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St. Croix residents sue Limetree Bay refinery over pollution releases

Residents opposed to the controversial U.S. Virgin Islands refinery are citing EPA’s temporary shutdown of the refinery to support their litigation claiming harms from the facility’s releases.

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House lawmakers reintroduce EPA race car emissions waiver bill

A group of 54 Democratic and GOP House lawmakers is reintroducing legislation to shield makers of auto tuning parts used solely on the track from Clean Air Act enforcement action by EPA.

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States Say EPA Plan To Withhold Air Toxics Data Threatens Equity Agenda

State air regulators say EPA appears to be deciding against releasing an updated National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) this year and they are urging the agency to reconsider, saying that release of the emissions data will be key to advancing the Biden administration’s equity agenda and for helping states to implement stricter air toxics policies.

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