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SAB Plans To Seek Review Of Major Trump EPA Deregulatory Measures

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) has formally decided to seek review of several major deregulatory measures listed in the agency’s Spring regulatory agenda, suggesting continuing scrutiny of the pending proposals either before or after they go final.

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Advisors Raise Concerns With Wheeler's New Approach To Utilizing SAB

Several members of EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) are raising concerns with Administrator Andrew Wheeler's push for planning office staff to create a new process for agency interactions with the board when advisors review the science underlying pending regulations.

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Biden Climate Plan Signals Bid For Support Across Political Spectrum

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s climate platform signals an effort to achieve broad support for his 2020 presidential bid by endorsing technologies backed by key unions, adopting a tough line against China to woo Trump voters, and touting his experience by embracing and pledging to “go well beyond” Obama-era policies.

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EPA Rule Exempts Farms From EPCRA Reporting, Teeing Up New Suit

EPA June 4 issued its final rule exempting animal feeding operations (AFOs) from air emissions reporting requirements under emergency response and community right-to-know law, a policy that will tee up fresh litigation from

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Environmentalists vow suit to force EPA action on ozone SIP

The groups charge that EPA has missed statutory deadlines to act on a plan submitted by Ventura County, CA, a serious nonattainment area, for attaining the 2008 ozone standard.

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EPA Seeks Unusual Advice From SAB On Planned Risk Guide Update

EPA is seeking unusual advice from individual members of its Science Advisory Board (SAB), most of whom were appointed by the Trump administration, on how to revise the agency’s cancer and non-cancer risk assessment guidelines, asking a mixture of policy and scientific questions that appear to play to newer members’ de-regulatory interests.

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D.C. Circuit Upholds FERC Pipeline Order But Doubts Its Climate Claims

A federal court has dismissed a suit over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of a closely watched natural gas project on procedural grounds, but the court rejected many of FERC’s substantive arguments for avoiding a broad climate change analysis and may provide a roadmap for future litigation.

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GAO report raises doubts on RFS’ environmental, economic benefits

The Government Accountability Office’s findings add to debate over the future of the RFS, with oil industry groups calling for its reform or repeal while biofuels groups are strongly defending the program.

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Window Closing For Full Legal Review Of Vehicle GHG Fight Before 2021

The Trump administration’s delay in issuing its final rule rolling back vehicle greenhouse gas standards has extended long enough that advancing inevitable litigation through both appellate courts and the Supreme Court appears increasingly unlikely before the 2020 election, several observers say.

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Environmentalists Float Data Quality Claim To Obtain Vehicle GHG Model

Environmental groups are petitioning EPA under the Information Quality Act (IQA) to boost pressure on the agency to release its model that could undercut Trump administration claims that Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas rules are too costly, a bid that may bolster legal arguments against the administration’s rollback of the standards.

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