EPA has filed a long-awaited brief defending its power plant new source performance standards (NSPS), the legal prerequisite of its landmark greenhouse gas rule for existing plants, providing a roadmap for environmentalists, states and other supporters who will continue to defend it when the incoming Trump administration takes office in January and seeks to roll back the rule.
Despite pledging to roll back Obama-era climate regulations, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head EPA, has acknowledged energy market trends that spur a decline of coal-fired power -- comments that do not neatly align with Trump supporters' attacks on Obama's “war on coal.”
President-elect Donald Trump's list of announced and potential nominations for top administration positions is exacerbating uncertainty over the future of EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) once Trump takes office, because the nominees include leading oil industry critics of the program as well as politicians strongly in favor of it.
Republican lawmakers and energy industry officials say that EPA's final study on hydraulic fracturing's potential impacts on drinking water resources clearly demonstrates a lack of major adverse impacts despite criticizing the agency's decision to strip draft language finding “no widespread, systemic impacts” on water resources.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) is looking to the incoming Trump administration and the GOP Congress to address its concerns about the Obama EPA's issuance of its final study on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water, which drops an earlier draft finding of “no widespread, systemic” impacts to drinking water.
A national manufacturers' group is pitching to the incoming Trump administration and Congress a reworking of environmental policies to ease economic impacts from regulations on the manufacturing sector, particularly advocating for changes in climate and water policies.
The utility industry and environmentalists in new legal briefs are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to force EPA to reconsider its power plant maximum achievable control technology (MACT) air toxics rule, with power companies seeking a weaker rule and environmentalists aiming to strengthen it.
Staffers representing Republican senators with widely divergent views on the merits of EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) are predicting dim prospects for major RFS reform in Congress next year, given long-running regional divisions among lawmakers on the RFS and other GOP priorities such as undoing EPA's climate rules.