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Democrats float resolution backing California auto GHG rules

Dozens of Democrats in both the House and Senate are backing a resolution that supports Obama-era auto greenhouse gas rules and the ability of California to set stronger requirements.

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EPA’s Idsal Signals Flexibility For States Planning Greater ACE Stringency

SEATTLE -- Acting EPA air chief Anne Idsal is suggesting that the agency could work with states looking to go beyond the requirements of its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule for power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions, seeming to walk back the rule’s threat to block stringent compliance plans that critics say is a major legal flaw.

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CASAC Member Seeks Expert Advice On Contentious Costs Of PM NAAQS

A member of EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) is asking a newly appointed expert “pool” of science advisors to guide the panel on the implementation costs of possible changes to the agency’s particulate matter (PM) air standards, a legally contentious request because the high court bars consideration of costs in setting the limits.

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Former EPA Staff See ‘Dangerous Precedent’ In SO2 Designation Revision

Former EPA air officials are warning that the agency’s proposed “correction” allowing five Texas counties to escape being labeled “nonattainment” with sulfur dioxide (SO2) air standards undermines public health protections and sets an unlawful “dangerous precedent” for other areas to win weaker designations subject to less-stringent SO2 controls.

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Chamber launches climate policy task force

“This task force will enable us to become smarter about the impact of both existing policies and future proposals on the business community,” the group said in a statement.

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Wheeler Pledge To Block California Highway Funds Draws State Concern

State officials are expressing surprise at EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s unprecedented threat to withhold California’s highway funds and concern that the agency may try to apply similar approaches to numerous other states with air quality problems.

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Senate Appropriators Seek FY20 EPA Funding Boost, Limit Riders

Senate appropriators are advancing an EPA fiscal year 2020 spending bill that would boost funding for the agency by $161 million over current spending levels, a first step toward reaching a conference with House lawmakers on the measure, though the Senate bill provides EPA with $500 million less than the House version.

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Quoted: Environmentalists blast lack of major GHG pledges at UN event

At a United Nations climate summit, 16-year-old climate advocate Greta Thunberg sought to shame high-emitting countries for not doing enough to stop global warming.

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After California Threat, EPA To ‘Speak Closely’ With Other States Over SIPs

EPA is vowing to “speak closely” with states over their delayed plans for attainment federal air quality standards, says a top agency official, following the Trump administration’s threat to withhold federal highway funding from California unless the state acts quickly to submit “approvable” air quality plans to EPA.

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EPA Methane NSPS Plan Spurs Debate On ‘Significant’ GHG Contribution

EPA has formally published its proposal to scuttle methane controls for new oil and gas facilities and block limits on existing sources, kicking off a two-month public comment period that could feature a prominent debate on defining whether this sector or other industries pose a “significant” danger in terms of greenhouse gas pollution.

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