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OMB reviewing EPA ‘ambient air’ permitting guidance

The agency is seeking White House approval of what appears to be final guidance limiting the definition of “ambient air” to ease Clean Air Act permitting for industry applicants.

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Feinstein seeks probe of EPA ‘political interference’ in California

The senator says her home state is “being unfairly targeted,” and that EPA is floating “nothing more than a pretext to attack” the state.

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Ozone ISA Finds Weaker Health Impacts But Warns Of Environmental Harm

EPA staff’s integrated science assessment (ISA) of the latest data on ozone air pollution finds weaker evidence of a link between ozone exposure and public health harm but sees stronger evidence of the pollutant’s environmental damage, mixed findings that could complicate the agency’s ongoing review of its ozone ambient air standard.

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‘Shadow’ EPA Advisers Prepare To Review PM NAAQS Policy Options

Several former members of a disbanded EPA panel advising on national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) reviews are preparing the first meeting of a “shadow” advisory committee not affiliated with the agency, to review a draft EPA policy assessment (PA) that argues in favor of tightening the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) NAAQS.

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Senate FY20 report includes multiple policy directives to EPA

Senate appropriators are issuing a variety of directives to EPA alongside their fiscal year 2020 spending bill, including on high-profile mining, water, toxics and biofuels issues.

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States, biomass group join calls to pause ACE suit

States challenging EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule say the agency must first take action on their administrative petitions to reconsider aspects of the rule before litigation can proceed.

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House Panel Advances Asbestos, PFAS Bills On Primarily Partisan Vote

A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel has advanced on a primarily partisan basis a bill to ban all uses of asbestos and a package of 13 bills to deal with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though one PFAS bill drew broad bipartisan support and Republicans said they are open to negotiating with Democrats on several others before a full committee vote.

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California Argues EPA Threats On Air, Water Shift Blame, Ring Hollow

California and environmentalists are branding EPA’s threat to block the state from receiving highway funds based on incomplete air pollution plans as a political attack that ignores the need for new federal emission curbs and the implausibility that the pro-deregulation Trump administration would impose such limits.

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EPA Cites RFS Waivers’ ‘National’ Scope In Bid To Block 10th Circuit Suit

EPA is seeking to dismiss a refiner’s lawsuit faulting its rejection of a renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waiver, arguing the regional appellate suit belongs in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit because of the policy’s “national applicability,” reversing EPA’s previous tactics in challenges to its small refiner waivers.

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California Bill Restricting ZEV Rebates Latest Front In War Over GHG Rules

A California lawmaker is floating legislation to restrict rebates for the purchase of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) only to customers of auto companies that have agreed to the state’s voluntary “framework” for greenhouse gas emission standards that are much stricter than the Trump administration’s planned rollback of federal limits.

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