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Senate Democrats seek broader IG inquiry of EPA glider plan

The latest request may bolster a similar push from House Democrats, who are expected to gain control of committee chairmanships in the next Congress, boosting their leverage to conduct oversight of EPA policies.

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Battle Lines Emerge In Future Lawsuits Over Trump EPA's Utility GHG Rule

Battle lines are emerging for expected future lawsuits over EPA's proposal to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) utility greenhouse gas standards with a much narrower policy, with industry groups praising the new rule as a valid use of Clean Air Act powers while environmentalists blast it as doing little to cut GHGs.

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EPA sends final 2019 RFS rule for OMB review

EPA has sent its final 2019 renewable fuel standard (RFS) for White House pre-publication review, as the agency strives to meet a Nov. 30 statutory deadline for issuing the regulation.

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RFS Reform Proponents Push Administrative, Legal Bids To Achieve Goals

Proponents of reforming EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) are pushing administrative and legal bids to achieve their goals, with conservation groups petitioning the agency to craft a rule on barring land conversion for biofuels while biomass energy makers are threatening a suit over EPA's failure to approve RFS credits for the power they produce.

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Environmentalists Boost Technical, Legal Attacks On Vehicle GHG Plan

Environmentalists and other critics of the Trump administration's plan to freeze vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards are floating a bevy of attacks on its legal and technical foundation as a prelude to likely litigation, including arguments that the plan significantly under-counts air pollution increases and associated adverse effects.

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EPA proposes AFO exemption from EPCRA air reporting

If finalized as proposed, the rule would remove a key argument used by environmentalists seeking to sue the agency over a guidance it issued creating a similar waiver.

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Democrats Seek Broad Agenda From EPA To Curb Ethylene Oxide Risks

Democratic lawmakers from Illinois are pressing EPA to take a series of actions to limit risks of exposure to ethylene oxide (EtO), a known carcinogen, in the wake of local concerns that a Chicago-area sterilizing plant has released high levels of the substance in an area with already high cancer risks.

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Coal plant closures in 2018 slated to set new record

This year's retirements are set to exceed even the massive spate of closures in 2015 that were driven by Obama-era regulations imposing strict new controls on the sector's air toxics.

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EAB Raises Bar For Battery Storage As BACT For Gas-Fired Power Plants

A recent EPA Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) ruling raises the bar for environmentalists' effort to establish battery storage as best available control technology (BACT) in Clean Air Act permits for natural gas-fired power plants, an environmentalist says, because it says the technology first needs to be in proven use.

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Automakers Resist CAFE 'Freeze' Amid Mixed Messages On Next Steps

Automakers are rejecting EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) “preferred” option to freeze vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards, but are also sending mixed messages on the level of stringency they would accept and on how hard to push back against California's authority to retain the current limits.

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