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Bodine Defends Trump EPA’s Enforcement Efforts In Face Of Criticisms

EPA enforcement chief Susan Bodine is strongly defending the Trump administration’s commitment to environmental enforcement, using remarks at a Nov. 12 conference to repeatedly “push back” on the “misconception” that the administration is reducing enforcement efforts.

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EPA, DOJ Continue Talks On SEPs As Dispute Remains Unresolved

EPA and the Justice Department (DOJ) are continuing discussions on the use of supplemental environmental projects (SEPs), which are used to offset penalties in enforcement settlements, even as the agencies are at odds over DOJ policies seeking to limit -- and possibly bar -- their use.

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House Democrats Seek To Bolster Expected Suits Over EPA Science Rule

House science committee Democrats sought to use their Nov. 13 hearing on EPA’s controversial proposed science transparency rule to bolster all but certain litigation over any final measure, though the agency witness largely declined to discuss details of a leaked draft supplemental proposal that has drawn scathing criticisms.

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State AGs detail flaws in NAAQS review process

Attorneys general from five Democratic-led states are attacking EPA’s revised NAAQS review process as “suspect,” and calling for the agency to revert to Obama-era practices.

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Consumer Reports says Trump auto GHG plan costly to consumers

The reported stringency of the Trump administration’s pending rule to roll back Obama-era auto greenhouse gas standards could increase gasoline costs per average new vehicle by $3,200.

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Battle Brews Over ‘Safeguards’ In EPA Plan To Scrap ‘Once In’ Air Policy

Major industry groups are warning EPA against imposing “safeguard” measures such as backstop emissions limits as part of its pending rule to scrap the long-running “once in, always in” policy that prevents facilities from ever escaping strict air toxics controls, saying such provisions would be unnecessary and potentially unlawful.

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Industry, Environmentalists Spar Over Effect Of Ending ‘Once-In’ Air Policy

Industry and environmental groups are clashing over the probable impacts of EPA’s proposal to end the “once in, always in” policy that forces industrial facilities to retain “major source” air toxics controls even if they reduce emissions below major source thresholds, a key issue that is likely to feature in expected litigation should EPA finalize the plan.

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EPA Seeks To Address Science Rule Criticisms But Draws New Charges

EPA’s high-profile draft supplement to its controversial proposed rule on science transparency seeks to address a range of criticisms levelled at its first plan, including providing statutory authority, defining key and novel terms and clarifying the plan’s applicability and retroactivity, but the supplement is drawing new -- and equally harsh -- criticisms.

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C2ES, With Industry Backing, Floats Roadmap For Net-Zero GHG Target

An environmental group is partnering with over 20 major corporations to float a detailed policy roadmap for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including calling for an economy-wide carbon price and a suite of low-carbon policies implemented by EPA, other federal agencies and states.

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Environmentalists press auto group to disclose members

Groups challenging the Trump administration’s rule to preempt California’s auto emission rules are urging an automaker group seeking to intervene in support of the rule to formally disclose its members.

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