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EPA Aims To Issue Long-Delayed Federal Landfill Methane Plan By May

EPA is notifying a federal appeals court that it intends to issue in May a long-delayed federal plan implementing landfill methane limits in the vast majority of states, and the agency is also asking that oral arguments scheduled for Feb. 22 over a Trump EPA rule delaying the deadlines for the federal plan be postponed due to the pending action.

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States Oppose DOJ Bid To Halt Suit Over State Vehicle GHG Programs

A coalition of a dozen Republican attorneys general (AGs) is objecting to the Biden administration’s bid to halt litigation over the Trump EPA’s efforts to block state vehicle greenhouse gas programs in order to review a potential change in policy, creating a possible legal roadblock for an expected effort to reverse the Trump policy.

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Fight Between Pennsylvania, Maryland Creates Ozone Policy Test For EPA

A fight between Pennsylvania and Maryland over the Keystone State’s contributions to high ozone levels on the East Coast that EPA will have to resolve poses an early test for the Biden administration’s policy on interstate air pollution, with a judicial deadline looming for the agency to finalize a plan on curbing ozone transport.

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Former CASAC Chairman Frey to join EPA as senior science advisor

Chris Frey, a critic of many Trump administration air policies, will join EPA Feb. 1 as the deputy assistant administrator for science policy in EPA’s Office of Research and Development.

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DOJ Seeks To Halt State Vehicle GHG Suit As Automakers Vow Talks

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested that a federal appeals court suspend litigation filed by California and others over the Trump EPA’s efforts to prohibit state vehicle greenhouse gas programs that are more stringent than federal rules, in order to allow the Biden administration to reconsider the policy.

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Refiners, Biofuels Groups Battle Over EPA’s 2020 RFS Production Goals

Refiners and biofuels groups are sparring in legal briefs over whether the Trump EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) production goals for 2020 were too low or too high, in a case that poses significant implications for the Biden administration’s approach to setting RFS volumes for future compliance years.

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Appellate Judge Doubts CERCLA Waiver Case But Suit’s Outcome Unclear

One of three appellate judges hearing argument in litigation over the scope of exemptions from air emissions reporting under the Superfund law for facilities with Clean Air Act (CAA) permits appeared to doubt environmentalists’ claim that the emissions must be reported to the public, but the eventual outcome of the suit remains unclear.

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D.C. Circuit Ruling Complicates States’ Efforts To Meet Ozone Standards

A federals appeals court is scrapping key provisions of EPA’s rule for how states should implement ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) including emissions trading and “contingency” air pollution control measures, creating major new complications for states that were already struggling with plans to meet the NAAQS.

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GM Auto GHG Goal Spurs Mixed Reaction, Calls To Support EPA Rules

General Motors’ (GM) newly announced goal of eliminating tailpipe emissions from its vehicle fleet is spurring a mixed reaction, with experts saying that achieving the target would be groundbreaking but cautioning that GM will have to answer questions about which EPA greenhouse gas rules it might support to reach the goal.

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EPA, Forest Service develop wildfire smoke map tool

Using low-cost emissions monitoring data will expand the geographical coverage of EPA’s wildfire smoke mapping tool.

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