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Carbon Pricing Backers Embrace FERC Conference On State Programs

Carbon pricing supporters are tentatively applauding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) decision to hold a detailed workshop on state pricing programs this fall, even though they caution that the conference might not signal a shift in the GOP-controlled panel’s approach to power sector climate policy.

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DOJ defends decision to announced shelved auto GHG probe

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who has been pressing the department on the issue, says he is unsatisfied by the explanation and is pushing House lawmakers to raise the issue at a hearing this week.

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DOJ defends since-shelved auto GHG antitrust probe

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who has been pressing the department on the issue, says he is unsatisfied by the explanation and is pushing House lawmakers to raise the issue at a hearing this week.

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EPA Extends SSM Air Waiver To Iowa But Denies National Policy Change

EPA is proposing to add Iowa to the list of states that can offer companies Clean Air Act regulatory waivers for excess pollution during periods of facility startup, shutdown or malfunction (SSM), but the agency continues to deny it is making a national policy change on SSM that would be subject a key federal appeals court’s review.

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Colorado Halts ‘Illegal’ Forest Clearing For Coal Mine Amid Federal Inaction

Colorado officials have halted what environmentalists say is illegal forest clearing by a coal company for a controversial mine expansion project, with the company pressing ahead even though a federal appeals court overturned its approval for the work due to a flawed environmental review.

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Court sets schedule in suit over EPA existing source methane rule

The development in the lawsuit comes even though Trump officials in the coming weeks appear poised to complete a regulation that would undercut the legal basis for such oil and gas rules.

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Despite EPA Rollback, California Will Retain Strict Wood Stove Air Policy

California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) is warning retailers of residential wood heaters that the state intends to enforce a prohibition on sales of heaters that fail to meet stringent EPA emissions standards that went into effect May 15, despite an agency proposal to provide more time for retailers to sell their non-compliant stock.

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Sens. Thune, Shaheen float bill to accelerate RFS fuel approvals

The two pro-biofuels senators are pressing EPA to speed its approvals of advanced biofuels to qualify for credit under the renewable fuel standard.

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Environmentalists Launch Legal Bid To Undo Rollback Of Obama-Era MATS

Environmentalists are launching a legal bid to undo the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) for power plants, saying EPA’s rule that scraps the cost-benefit finding justifying MATS but leaves the regulation in place is a “bogus excuse” for coal companies to ask a court to kill the overall air toxics policy.

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EPA announces 33 new members for revived rural affairs panel

The Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC), originally launched in 2008, had no current members before agency chief Andrew Wheeler announced the new FRRCC representatives.

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