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Near-Term EPA Auto GHG Plan Likely To Be Tougher Than California Deal

The Biden EPA’s forthcoming proposal for near-term vehicle greenhouse gas standards is likely to be more stringent than the Trump-era deal California reached with five automakers, sources say, countering some analysts’ prior expectations but reflecting the administration’s push to quickly secure steep emissions cuts.

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10th Circuit Scraps Small Refiner’s Last-Minute Trump EPA RFS Waivers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has scrapped three renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers that EPA issued to small refiner Sinclair just days before the end of the Trump administration, another setback for refiners who oppose the Biden EPA’s tougher stance on granting the exemptions.

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Research shows short-term brain impacts from PM2.5 emissions

The short-term study on cognitive impacts of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) by Columbia University researchers builds on a body of evidence that may persuade EPA to tighten limits for the pollutant.

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Illinois senators urge full EPA disclosure of EtO emission health risks

Illinois Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are pressing EPA to fully inform Chicago-area communities of the health risks they face from ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions.

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EPA To Offer Direction On Integrating Climate Data Into Cleanup Decisions

EPA expects this month to release a memo directing staff on how to consider the potential impacts of climate change in risk assessments and cleanup decisions at Superfund sites, responding to a 2019 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report it originally disagreed with under the Trump administration.

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WESTAR seeks EPA funding to modernize air monitor network

The Western States Air Resources Council (WESTAR) says EPA should boost funding for states’ monitoring efforts, and provide states with greater flexibility in use of monitors.

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Pledging Safe Operations, McCarthy Rebuts EJ Advisers On Nuclear, CCS

White House domestic climate advisor Gina McCarthy is pushing back on environmental justice (EJ) advocates’ objections to federal support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) and nuclear power, while also pledging that deployment of such projects would be safe and address pollution concerns in EJ communities.

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University study confirms traffic air pollution link with dementia

The research backs up earlier epidemiological evidence linking air pollution and dementia, and may place pressure on EPA to regulate ultrafine particles not currently covered by federal air standards.

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Research links California wildfires to PM2.5, COVID deaths

Mounting evidence shows that massive air pollution from wildfires increases deaths, including from COVID-19, according to the researchers’ findings.

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EPA Finalizes Long-Pending Federal Plan To Curb Landfills’ Methane

EPA is finalizing a long-pending proposal to implement federal requirements to curb methane emissions from hundreds of existing landfills, with the move coming just weeks after an appellate court vacated the Trump administration’s rule significantly extending deadlines for states to comply with the Obama-era standards.

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