Tag: Clean Air Act

Air emissions, pollution

EPA’s Proposed Cost-Benefit Analysis Rule Seeks Consistency, Transparency, and Public Comment

The EPA proposed a new rule on June 11, 2020, that would impose specific requirements for the Agency to utilize uniform and transparent “high-quality analysis” in its statutory obligations in the rulemaking process under the Clean Air Act (CAA). Many statutes, including the CAA, include cost consideration language but do not provide exact guidelines or […]

Air emissions, pollution

A Look at EPA’s Finalized Amendments for Organic Liquids Distribution Facilities

On March 12, 2020, the EPA finalized its rule amending the 2004 National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Organic Liquids Distribution (OLD NESHAP). Organic Liquids Distribution (OLD) air toxics standards regulate chemical and petrochemical facilities that manufacture, distribute, and store organic liquids, except gasoline and its derivatives. These standards limit the quantity of […]

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Court Rules EPA Must Set New Limits for Omitted HAPs

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided in April 2020 that the EPA is required under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to set additional emissions limits on hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from pulp mills covered by the National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Chemical Recovery Combustion Sources at […]

Streamlined Gasoline Regulations Proposed by EPA

The EPA is proposing a major reorganization of its Clean Air Act (CAA) Fuels and Fuels Additive regulations (40 CFR Part 80). In the proposed revisions, the Agency says it seeks to adopt a “holistic” approach that consolidates many different and overlapping regulations in Part 80 into a new Part 1090. The revisions “will better […]

Air emissions, pollution

During Pandemic, EPA Relaxes Clean Air Act Monitoring

The COVID-19 pandemic may be restricting travel, access, and safety for personnel who perform required Clean Air Act (CAA) monitoring and related tasks at power plants. Accordingly, the EPA has issued an interim final rule that provides flexibility intended to cut compliance costs under three 40 CFR Part 75 programs: the Acid Rain Program, the […]

Air emissions, pollution

The Clean Air Act: Delegating Authority

In writing the Clean Air Act (CAA), Congress was careful to ensure that the responsibility for improving and protecting the nation’s ambient air is shared by the federal government and state, local, and tribal governments. While the EPA is the federal entity that sets standards and bears the responsibility for implementing and enforcing the CAA, […]