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December 11, 2015

(Short Takes)
December 20, 2013

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have submitted to the White House for interagency review a long-awaited draft proposed rule clarifying the reach of the Clean Water Act (CWA) over marginal waters but have dropped plans for issuing interim guidance on the issue prior to the rule's release.


(Short Takes)
December 20, 2013

EPA officials say the agency's pending first-time rule to cut existing power plants' carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will be limited to cover programs that can be "traced back" to CO2 cuts at regulated utilities, which could limit the extent states could allow off-site CO2 reduction programs to qualify under their plans for complying with the rule.


(Short Takes)
December 20, 2013

EPA's Superfund office is planning to ease its policy that favors cleanup of contaminated groundwater to meet strict drinking water standards, with a top official saying the agency plans to consult with states on whether or how to weigh groundwater uses when setting cleanup objectives.


(Short Takes)
December 20, 2013

EPA is "unlikely" to meet a looming Sept. 26 settlement agreement deadline to finalize a rule to force 36 states to rewrite their air plans to scrap Clean Air Act penalty exemptions for "upset" emissions during startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM) periods that violate emissions limits, says acting EPA air chief Janet McCabe.


(Short Takes)
December 20, 2013

The waste industry is pushing EPA to exclude landfill gas from greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations in its stalled rulemaking to address how the agency plans to treat biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in air permits, saying the agency's decision granting credit for ethanol that is produced using the gas shows there is no need for more study of the issue.


(Short Takes)
December 20, 2013

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) is warning of further "sequestration" cuts to EPA's funding in fiscal year 2014 unless Congress can craft a consensus budget that reduces those cuts, which appears unlikely as the House GOP is vying to tie any budget deal to zeroing out funding for President Obama's healthcare law.


(Short Takes)
December 20, 2013

EPA is weighing advice for how it might overcome limited baseline water quality data that is hampering its ability to draw conclusions about the effects of current drilling operations for a portion of its congressionally directed study examining the hydraulic fracturing's potential impacts on drinking water, agency researchers say.


(Short Takes)
December 20, 2013

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is urging EPA to use its pending greenhouse gas (GHG) rule for existing utilities to revoke plant-specific exemptions authorized under an almost 40-year-old rule, saying EPA risks allowing "double dipping" if it issues a flexible, systems-based rule that also allows for the regulatory variances.


(Short Takes)
December 20, 2013

Senators, environmentalists and others are urging the administration to resolve an inter-agency dispute that is blocking release of new fish consumption advisory to pregnant women from EPA and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), saying current advice is outdated and should be revised before the United States signs a global mercury treaty in October.


(Short Takes)
December 20, 2013

EPA's greenhouse gas (GHG) rule for new power plants, which the agency is slated to repropose this week, will adopt slightly weaker limits for coal-fired units than what the agency proposed for all new plants in 2012, according to a source familiar with an early copy of the document, though the standard will still require the plants to install carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) controls that industry says is costly and untested.


(Short Takes)
December 20, 2013

State officials are weighing options for revising controversial preemption provisions in the bipartisan Senate bill reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a measure that has stalled in part over concerns from California officials and environment committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) that the preemption language would undermine the Golden State's landmark chemical control programs.


(Short Takes)
December 20, 2013

EPA is proposing to approve the first state request to use a controversial "plantwide applicability limit" (PAL) facility-based approach in greenhouse gas (GHG) permits instead of traditional unit-specific emissions caps, after the agency granted states power to use PALs as part of the latest update to its GHG permitting regulations.


(Short Takes)
December 20, 2013

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) has punted for a month a final vote on a resolution outlining states' "principles" for EPA's pending greenhouse gas (GHG) rule for existing utilities, after some states opposed to GHG rules warned that the draft resolution could be seen as an endorsement of existing state climate trading programs.


(Short Takes)
December 20, 2013

EPA and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) have been unable to reach agreement on a new legally binding deadline for the agency to craft its long-awaited proposed rule regulating stormwater runoff after construction is complete, leaving the agency without a deadline for advancing the measure that is a top priority for environmentalists.


(Short Takes)
December 20, 2013

A lawyer representing the American Farm Bureau Federation says the group will appeal a federal judge's landmark ruling upholding EPA's total maximum daily load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay, which backed the agency's view that the Clean Water Act (CWA) allows it to set separate load allocations for point and nonpoint sources.


(Short Takes)
December 20, 2013

In a major win for proponents of greenhouse gas (GHG) rules, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has upheld California's low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), rejecting a facial challenge from ethanol, oil and trucking groups that alleged the LCFS violated the Commerce Clause and was preempted by EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS).


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