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Climate Policy Watch

SAB Moves Closer To Support For EPA’s Revised Cost-Benefit Guidelines

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is moving closer to supporting the agency’s revised guidelines on counting the costs and benefits of rules with a draft review of the plan that includes caveats on the “discount” rate and other issues, while readying a mildly critical review of a separate report on EPA’s use of “reduced-form” air quality models.

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Industry seeks to intervene in suit over CEQ NEPA rule

Multiple major industry trade associations are asking to join intervene in a lawsuit to defend the Trump administration’s rule significantly curbing the reach of the National Environmental Policy Act.

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EPA to formally find states’ delay over oil & gas air plans

The agency is determining that five states failed to submit plans for implementing Obama-era control techniques guidelines for curbing emissions of ozone precursors from oil and gas facilities.

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Cruden backs embedding DOJ attorneys at EPA for climate rules

A group of environmental policy experts is urging the Justice Department to detail attorneys to EPA for major climate rules, a step Obama DOJ environment chief John Cruden says he took for the Clean Power Plan.

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Experts Urge Biden To Shift EPA Enforcement To Climate-Focused Agenda

Environmental policy experts are urging the incoming Biden administration to restructure EPA’s enforcement office to step up actions on conventional pollution violations as a way to help address climate change, while also rescinding Trump-era policies at the Justice Department (DOJ) that limit settlement tools.

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Automakers Accelerate Shift To EVs But Major Deployment Hurdles Remain

Automakers are accelerating their shift to ramping up production of a growing range of electric vehicles (EVs) in response to state incentives and the incoming Biden administration’s expected push to promote the low or zero-emission cars, but major deployment hurdles remain for the sector to overcome, say industry officials and legal analysts.

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Biden Administration Might Help Boost CARB’s Sweeping Climate Plans

The California Air Resources Board (CARB), the state’s air regulator, could get a significant boost from President-elect Joe Biden’s administration for its efforts to implement Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) sweeping climate policy agenda, legal experts say, because Biden is likely to support such efforts in contrast to the Trump administration.

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Equity proponents urge strong EJ focus in TCI fuels GHG program

A coalition of more than 200 environmental, labor, health and other groups urges “strong safeguards and guarantees for overburdened and underserved communities” in the fuels cap-and-invest emissions program.

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GOP-Led Senate May Complicate Biden’s Choice For EPA Administrator

The chances that Republicans will retain control of the Senate next year may complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for EPA administrator, especially given concerns from some that the most-discussed potential nominee, California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chairwoman Mary Nichols, could face difficulties winning confirmation.

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Expert Group Floats Roadmap For Biden Administration Climate Actions

A group of over 150 environmental policy experts, including former government officials, is floating detailed recommendations for the substance and timing of climate change actions the Biden administration should take at EPA and across the federal government, including immediate efforts to launch greenhouse gas regulations.

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