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Climate Policy Watch

EPA, Canada Pledge To ‘Accelerate’ Joint Efforts On Climate Change

With President Joe Biden’s April 22 Climate Leaders Summit approaching, EPA Administrator Michael Regan and Canada’s Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson are pledging to “accelerate” cooperation in three priority areas -- oil and gas methane emissions, transportation pollution and cleaner power -- to address climate change.

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Biden Infrastructure Plan Details Billions In Climate Spending, Seeks CES

The Biden administration has released details of its long-awaited proposal for an array of climate-related spending on transportation, power and clean-energy manufacturing infrastructure and the workforce, while reiterating a commitment to establishing a clean electricity standard (CES) to achieve its emissions goals.

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AMWA outlines EPA water policy priority concerns for Regan

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) is highlighting the challenges of climate change, cybersecurity and preventing chemicals from entering the water supply.

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EPA sends HFC phasedown plan to White House for review

The agency is continuing its rapid pace to use new Clean Air Act authority for regulating hydrofluorocarbons, which are potent greenhouse gases that also harm the stratospheric ozone layer.

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OMB Reviewing Biden Plan To Reauthorize State Vehicle GHG Programs

The White House is formally reviewing the Biden administration’s proposal to reverse a Trump-era attack on state vehicle greenhouse gas programs, although questions remain over whether the plan will narrowly fault the Trump administration’s lack of authority for its policy or more broadly affirm states’ rights over such programs.

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Updated SCC May Boost Air Act Rules But Not Policies Under Other Laws

The Biden administration’s interim updated social cost of carbon (SCC) metric might help EPA to justify pursuing stringent Clean Air Act (CAA) climate regulations but is likely to have less or no impact on policies under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA), say Holland & Hart lawyers.

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CRA Risks Downplayed As Democrats Seek To Revoke EPA Methane Rule

Democrats are poised to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to scrap the Trump EPA’s rule that rescinded direct oil and gas methane limits, despite earlier concerns from some Democratic supporters about lending credence to a deregulatory tool whose use many environmentalists have long opposed.

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Biden Administration Shows Early Support For Industry Ship GHG Plan

The Biden administration is offering early support for a revised plan by a U.S.-based shipping sector body for an industry-funded research organization to develop new low-carbon options for fueling ships, a category of mobile sources for which EPA has not yet set greenhouse gas standards compared to other regulated sources such as cars and aircraft.

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Regan Announces Agriculture Advisor To Coordinate Climate Policies

EPA Administrator Michael Regan said he plans to appoint an agriculture advisor to coordinate climate policies with the departments of Interior, Energy and Agriculture, among other agencies, as part of President Joe Biden’s whole-of-government approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Regan Eyes ‘Aggressive’ EPA Action To Reduce Vehicle GHG Emissions

EPA Administrator Michael Regan is eyeing “aggressive action” to reduce greenhouse gases from vehicles including passenger cars, commercial trucks and buses that will include a major emphasis on electrification, saying an ambitious effort to curb transportation GHGs is necessary to meet President Joe Biden’s climate goals.

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