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'Shadow' Reviews By Former CASAC Members Could Help Defend NAAQS

Former members of EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) are planning “shadow” reviews of the agency's ozone and particulate matter (PM) air standards, generating data that could help defend the standards against any Trump administration bid to weaken them through its new, truncated CASAC review process.

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States Move Closer On RGGI-Like Plan For Transportation, But Path Unclear

A wide variety of interested groups have reached consensus that a group of 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states should impose a regional carbon price to cut transportation greenhouse gases, which is similar to how the region limits utility emissions through a cap-and-trade program, though the states have not said they are ready to move on the concept.

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Quoted: Early views on EPA's rollback of oil & gas methane standards

Various groups offered their views on the proposal during a Nov. 14 public hearing in Denver, ahead of a Dec. 17 public comment deadline.

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Industry backs Chatterjee's call for EPA to address reliability

Two industry groups are backing the FERC's chairman's concern about reliability risks from the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which the Trump administration is hoping to replace with a narrow policy.

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Incoming Democratic chairs pledge series of climate hearings

The plans for hearings early next year appear to undercut plans by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to create a select committee on climate change.

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Clock starts for challenges to NSR aggregation 'action'

EPA's publication in the Federal Register of its decision to revive a Bush-era policy on combining industrial projects for air permitting starts a 60-day clock for legal challenges.

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California Said To 'Counter' EPA Vehicle GHG Proposal Amid New Talks

California and Trump administration officials are again ramping up negotiations over changes to vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules, with the parties hosting a Nov. 13 meeting -- the first of its kind in more than six weeks -- to discuss the issue amid EPA claims that the state has submitted a “counter-proposal.”

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EPA plans to scrap Texas SO2 nonattainment findings

EPA is preparing a proposal that would scrap an Obama administration finding that five Texas counties are violating the sulfur dioxide national ambient air quality standard.

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EPA's Truck Plan May Limit California But Officials Promise Collaboration

EPA's plan to develop new rules to limit nitrogen oxide (NOx) from heavy-duty trucks could provide the sector leverage to negotiate flexibilities with California, which is planning its own rules, but the plan is also prompting cautious praise from environmentalists and others who suggest the effort may avoid the kind of clash occurring in the light-duty sector.

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EPA Poised To Announce Plans For New Heavy-Duty Truck Rulemaking

EPA on Nov. 13 is poised to announce a Cleaner Trucks Initiative that is expected to include plans for a future rulemaking to update nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions standard for heavy duty trucks, a measure long sought by state and local officials though the measure could also include some important flexibility for manufacturers.

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