EPA is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to halt suits over the agency's climate rules for new and existing power plants, saying President Donald Trump's energy executive order (EO) means the agency will overhaul the rules and those changes could significantly alter the outcome of the suits.
EPA, environmentalists, states and industry in new legal filings are sparring over the merits of the Obama agency's rule allowing participation in the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program to satisfy separate haze pollution control mandates, a policy that the Trump administration is currently continuing to defend.
Electric utilities are citing President Donald Trump's regulatory reform executive orders (EOs) to bolster their new petition urging EPA to reconsider the Obama administration's Clean Water Act effluent limitation guideline (ELG) for the sector, saying the ELG's costs and other alleged flaws make it a prime target for repeal under the EOs.
Scientists and native American tribes are aiming to the boost the legal defense of EPA's revised cost finding that underpins its utility maximum achievable control technology (MACT) air toxics rule, saying some benefits of the rule such as reduced IQ losses might be hard to quantify in financial terms but still help to justify the regulation.
Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R), President Donald Trump's nominee to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), at his Senate confirmation hearing vowed to strongly support EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) while also pledging to work with the agency to reduce “onerous” rules for the agricultural sector.
Power sector groups are readying an administrative petition urging EPA to reconsider its Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent rule for power plants, setting the stage for the Trump administration to potentially agree with the request and try to short-circuit litigation over the Obama-era rule that industry has charged lacks a scientific justification.
The Trump administration's fiscal year 2018 budget proposals have raised new questions about the status of EPA as a catalyst for voluntary public-private partnerships in the service of environmental goals, a fight that observers say goes beyond the administration's stated effort to rein in regulations and is prompting concern from some industries about talk of the programs' elimination.
Parties in the litigation over EPA's greenhouse gas standards for new power plants are jointly submitting a proposed format for oral arguments in the suit scheduled for next month, though it hints that the Trump administration could soon formally change the agency's position in the case and disrupt the plan given an anticipated presidential directive to the agency to “rewrite” the rule.