Critics of EPA's greenhouse gas (GHG) "tailoring" permit program are using new Supreme Court briefs to broadly criticize the program and the agency's rationale for it, even though the high court case at issue focuses narrowly on whether EPA was right to conclude that its vehicle GHG rule triggered a duty to regulate stationary sources.
As the Obama administration weighs a series of measures to regulate releases from hydraulic fracturing operations, environmentalists are stepping up their lobbying to convince EPA and other officials to strengthen controls on methane emissions from natural gas operations and ban the use of diesel fuels in fracking fluid.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy appear to be the swing votes key to the fate of EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), following oral arguments where the two justices raised questions over Clean Air Act limits on the agency that could indicate they might rule in favor of upholding CSAPR.
Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), co-chair of a new Congressional Algae Caucus, says lawmakers in support of algae-based biofuels are weighing a number of legislative steps to promote the fuels, including boosting EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) to encourage algae fuels production and giving incentives for the fuel in a tax reform bill.
A California state lawmaker is poised to propose a novel low-carbon power standard to replace the state's existing renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which would set a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target for the electricity sector, a major overhaul of the RPS that has served as a model for several other states seeking to curb GHGs.
Biofuels sector officials are vowing to meet an onus EPA has placed on them to provide sufficient data to justify the agency dropping its plan to retain or reduce existing renewable fuel standard (RFS) blending targets for various fuels in 2014, saying they are collecting information to justify reversing EPA's plan and increasing the RFS biofuel goals.
EPA is reiterating its claim that environmentalists lack legal standing to challenge to a 2012 memo detailing its response to the appellate ruling scrapping its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) as the memo is not a final action subject to court review, but says even if the case proceeds then the memo complies with the Clean Air Act.
Refiners are urging a federal appeals court to scrap EPA's 2013 renewable fuel standard (RFS) by arguing that the agency exceeded its statutory authority and lacked adequate data for its decision to ramp up the RFS' fuel production goals, while senators are debating the program's future -- including whether to reform or repeal the RFS.
Engine maker Volvo Powertrain is warning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against issuing a ruling in a pending lawsuit that the company says could create uncertainty over future consent decrees between the agency and industry, saying the court should back Volvo Powertrain's push for certainty.
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A federal appeals court has rejected Arizona's lawsuit that sought to scrap a settlement between EPA and environmentalists that committed the agency to a deadline for approving or rejecting the . . .
House Democrats are urging the State Department to delay release of a supplemental National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline until at least February, when . . .
The Johnson Foundation, which seeks to develop innovative solutions to environmental issues, is calling for an interagency review of key water and air laws to identify potential regulatory barriers to . . .
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) has become the first Republican governor to join eight Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states' recent petition asking EPA to expand the stringent emission control requirements of . . .