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EPA AIR STANDARDS OFFICE EYES NEW FOCUS AS PART OF MAJOR OVERHAUL

EPA's air standards office will soon complete a major reorganization that will include a new focus on reducing emissions of both air toxics and criteria pollutants, an expansion into voluntary, sector-based programs and renewed attention on controlling climate change, according to agency officials and sources briefed on the effort.

In addition, EPA sources say a separate effort is underway within the agency's climate change division in EPA's Office of Atmospheric Programs to consolidate a number of existing functions related to climate change and economic analysis.

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CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR'S HYDROGEN INITIATIVE FACES ROADBLOCKS

California's nonpartisan legislative analyst and a key state senator are trying to rein in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R) spending on the California Hydrogen Highway Network initiative, charging that requests for more money are premature and that administration officials have not provided relevant progress reports.

Hydrogen vehicle proponents nationwide are closely watching the development of Schwarzenegger's initiative as California is further along than other states in attempting to commercialize the technology, which reduces air pollution from vehicles.

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AIR RULE COULD BE NEW FOCUS OF SUIT ON EPA POWER TO REGULATE CO2

EPA's just-released rule setting new source performance standards (NSPS) for electric utilities could become a new focus of litigation from states and environmentalists over whether the agency has authority to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions after a federal appellate court last year issued a largely inconclusive ruling on the issue.

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NORTHEAST STATES FACE CONTROVERSIES OVER BILLS TO IMPLEMENT RGGI

Northeast state legislators are taking up legislation to implement a historic greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program called the regional greenhouse gas initiative (RGGI), including an upcoming Massachusetts bill that would force the state to join the program over the objections of Gov. Mitt Romney (R).

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HIGH COURT PETITION IN CO2 SUIT DOWNPLAYS ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

State and environmentalist sources say their strategy in trying to get the Supreme Court to hear their appeal of a high-profile greenhouse gas emission lawsuit rests on attracting conservative justices to the case by downplaying the environmental aspects of their argument in favor of broader concerns.

The groups are focusing on their assertion that a lower court decision, if allowed to stand, would allow all federal agencies to ignore statutory requirements at will.

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High Court Petition In CO2 Suit Downplays Environmental Issues

State and environmentalist sources say their strategy in trying to get the Supreme Court to hear their appeal of a high-profile greenhouse gas emission lawsuit rests on attracting conservative justices to the case by downplaying the environmental aspects of their argument in favor of broader concerns.

The groups are focusing on their assertion that a lower court decision, if allowed to stand, would allow all federal agencies to ignore statutory requirements at will.

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AIR RULE COULD BE NEW FOCUS OF SUIT ON EPA POWER TO REGULATE CO2

EPA's just-released rule setting new source performance standards (NSPS) for electric utilities could become a new focus of litigation from states and environmentalists over whether the agency has authority to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions after a federal appellate court last year issued a largely inconclusive ruling on the issue.

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AIR RULE COULD BE NEW FOCUS OF SUIT ON EPA POWER TO REGULATE CO2

U.S. EPA's just-released rule setting new source performance standards (NSPS) for electric utilities could become a new focus of litigation from states and environmentalists over whether the agency has authority to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, after a federal appellate court last year issued a largely inconclusive ruling on the issue.

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ANALYST: LAWMAKERS MUST DIRECT GOVERNOR'S CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN

The legislative analyst is recommending lawmakers take over direction of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Climate Change Initiative, in part by determining the feasibility of its emission-reduction targets, the costs and benefits of its chief implementation measures and whether the air board should take over program oversight. These determinations are critical to developing an overall climate change policy that should be put into statute, according to Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill.

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Air Rule Could Be New Focus Of Suit On EPA Power To Regulate CO2

EPA's just-released rule setting new source performance standards (NSPS) for electric utilities could become a new focus of litigation from states and environmentalists over whether the agency has authority to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions after a federal appellate court last year issued a largely inconclusive ruling on the issue.

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