In a one-page order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted an EPA request to delay oral arguments over the legality of EPA’s Supplemental Finding that It Is Appropriate and Necessary to Regulate Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal—and Oil-fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units (April 25, 2016, Federal Register (FR)). The oral […]
Category: Regulatory Developments
Environmental groups, states, health institutions, and even some power companies that support the federal Clean Power Plan (CPP) are discovering how difficult it is to keep the rule alive when the very agency that wrote it is committed to wiping it off the books.
With just hours to go before President Trump’s one-hundredth day in office, the U.S. Senate completed the president’s cabinet by approving R. Alexander Acosta as the new Secretary of Labor.
Should the U.S. Supreme Court decide that challenges against EPA’s Clean Water Rule (CWR or waters of the United States (WOTUS)) be heard in the U.S. District Courts and not the U.S. Appeals Courts, the nationwide stay of the CWR issued by the 6th Circuit will be lifted, and the CWR will take effect.
Attorneys general (AGs) from 16 states are asking both houses of Congress to reject legislation that would amend the Clean Air Act (CAA) by rolling back EPA’s authority to revise the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone.
The EPA recently held a public hearing to receive comments on the Agency’s proposed denial (January 19, 2017, FR) of a petition to add nine states to the Clean Air Act’s (CAA) ozone transport region (OTR). At the hearing, Senior Policy Advisor Ted Steichen of the American Petroleum Institute (API) said that expansion of the […]
Senator Tom Carper (DE), the Democrat’s top environmental spokesperson in the Senate, reacted with “incredulity” to a story in Politico indicating that the EPA was exploring the possibility of having the private sector participate in rewriting the Clean Water Rule (CWR). Upon publication of the story, Carper wrote to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt questioning whether […]
California’s state-run OSHA program has proposed a standard to prevent musculoskeletal injuries among hotel housekeepers. Read on to find out more about the effort and how long it’s been on the drawing board.
Administrator Scott Pruitt’s still young EPA has already established that it will act aggressively both to delay defending in court and to reconsider significant rules issued by the Obama EPA. The EPA recently took the following two actions.
In response to petitions from the Utility Water Act Group (UWAG) and the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy (SBA), EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the Agency will reconsider its November 3, 2015, final Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category (ELGs). In conjunction with Pruitt’s decision […]