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Biofuels Group Urges EPA To Withdraw Draft Deal On RFS Study Deadlines

A key biofuels group, represented by a former top official in the George H.W. Bush administration, is urging EPA to withdraw its proposed consent decree with Sierra Club that would set deadlines for the agency to complete a delayed congressionally mandated study of the environmental impacts of its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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Parties Trade Extremist Accusations During Senate Green New Deal Vote

The Senate's unanimous rejection of the Green New Deal (GND) climate change resolution – with nearly all Democrats protesting the vote – is highlighting a larger battle in which each of the two parties is seeking to define itself as in the political mainstream, while dismissing the other side as fundamentally extremist.

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CASAC Research Scientist Attacks Panel Chairman’s NAAQS Review Shift

Mark Frampton, the sole research scientist on EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory committee (CASAC), is lambasting panel Chairman Tony Cox’s controversial new approach to assessing air pollution science for reviewing the agency’s particulate matter (PM) air standards, saying it undermines and misstates the latest data on PM.

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Court sets May 1 argument for EPA air permit policy shift

The D.C. Circuit will hear May 1 oral arguments in a case challenging a landmark policy shift by the Trump EPA barring “second guessing” of state air permits.

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States Struggle To Fill EPA Regulatory Gap On Reducing AFO Air Pollution

States are struggling to fill a regulatory gap EPA created by not regulating animal feeding operations’ (AFOs’) air pollution, with state initiatives to impose first-time emissions controls on AFOs failing due to environmentalists’ focus on urban pollution, inadequate rural advocacy resources, and powerful livestock sector push-back, sources say.

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White House Continues Pressure On Industry To Back Vehicle GHG Plan

The White House has been hosting a series of meetings with individual auto manufacturing companies, prodding them to publicly back the administration's planned rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards and preemption of state rules, according to several sources familiar with the issue.

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EPA sends NSR air permit ‘netting’ proposal for OMB review

The agency’s pending proposal will ease Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permitting requirements for industrial facilities subject to the stringent permit program.

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Oil, Utility Groups Back NSPS Coal Plan But Disagree On Underlying Rationale

Groups representing the oil and utility sectors are supporting EPA’s proposal to no longer set greenhouse gas limits for new coal plants based on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), though the groups sharply divide on the rationale for the change and take issue with much of EPA’s explanation.

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MATS Proposal Spurs Legal Debate On Co-Benefits, Air Toxics Rule’s Fate

EPA’s proposal to scrap the Obama-era finding that its power plant air toxics rule was “appropriate and necessary” while leaving the overall rule in place is spurring debate over expected legal challenges to the plan, suits that could set new precedents on issues including “co-benefit” cost-benefit analysis and the fate of the utility regulation.

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UCS, Harvard scientists criticize CASAC air pollution review shift

The EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee’s new approach to reviewing air pollution science risks weakening public health protections, air quality experts say.

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