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Automakers Accelerate Shift To EVs But Major Deployment Hurdles Remain

Automakers are accelerating their shift to ramping up production of a growing range of electric vehicles (EVs) in response to state incentives and the incoming Biden administration’s expected push to promote the low or zero-emission cars, but major deployment hurdles remain for the sector to overcome, say industry officials and legal analysts.

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Biden Administration Might Help Boost CARB’s Sweeping Climate Plans

The California Air Resources Board (CARB), the state’s air regulator, could get a significant boost from President-elect Joe Biden’s administration for its efforts to implement Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) sweeping climate policy agenda, legal experts say, because Biden is likely to support such efforts in contrast to the Trump administration.

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Equity proponents urge strong EJ focus in TCI fuels GHG program

A coalition of more than 200 environmental, labor, health and other groups urges “strong safeguards and guarantees for overburdened and underserved communities” in the fuels cap-and-invest emissions program.

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Chemical maker’s suit over EPA air toxics rule attacks EtO assessment

A chemical manufacturing company is faulting EPA’s landmark risk assessment of the solvent ethylene oxide (EtO) in litigation over the agency’s air toxics limits for the organic chemical sector.

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GOP-Led Senate May Complicate Biden’s Choice For EPA Administrator

The chances that Republicans will retain control of the Senate next year may complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for EPA administrator, especially given concerns from some that the most-discussed potential nominee, California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chairwoman Mary Nichols, could face difficulties winning confirmation.

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Expert Group Floats Roadmap For Biden Administration Climate Actions

A group of over 150 environmental policy experts, including former government officials, is floating detailed recommendations for the substance and timing of climate change actions the Biden administration should take at EPA and across the federal government, including immediate efforts to launch greenhouse gas regulations.

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EPA proposes tighter air toxics limits for PVC production plants

The agency’s proposed rule would tighten air toxics limits for the facilities, but the incoming Biden administration might seek to make the final version of the regulation more stringent.

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Senate Floats Flat EPA Funding For Rest Of FY21 In Bid For House Talks

Senate appropriators are floating draft fiscal year 2021 spending legislation that would give EPA essentially flat funding of $9.085 billion, setting up potential negotiations with House lawmakers ahead of next month’s expiration of spending authority for multiple federal agencies.

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Bodine Warns Biden Against ‘Overreach’ On Climate Rules, Enforcement

EPA enforcement chief Susan Bodine is warning the incoming Biden administration against “overreach” on climate change or enforcement more generally, predicting that federal courts and voters will punish any attempt to “radically change the direction of EPA” such as forcing a transition from gas-powered vehicles to electric cars.

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WRI Floats Ambitious 2030 GHG Target For Rejoining Paris Climate Deal

The incoming Biden administration should embrace a target of cutting greenhouse gases 45 to 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 when it rejoins the Paris Agreement on climate change next year, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI), which adds that such a goal is achievable even with a divided Congress.

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