Challenges to EPA and DOT Auto Emissions Actions Face Procedural Hurdles

After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revoked California’s waiver to set its own emissions standards under the Clean Air Act, several states, cities and environmental groups challenged both EPA’s revocation and the “One National Program Rule,” a rule issued jointly by EPA and the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). (more…)

EPA One Step Closer to Updating Ethylene Oxide Regulations

The White House Office of Management and Budget completed its review on November 26 of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA or Agency) advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) that will outline potential Agency approaches to updating the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standard for emissions of ethylene oxide (EtO) from sterilization and fumigation facilities. (more…)

EPA Seeking Comment on Adding PFAS to Federal Toxics Release Inventory

On November 25 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a pre-publication version of an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking public comment on the Agency’s consideration of listing certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the EPA-maintained list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under the federal Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The TRI program was created under section 313 of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 (42 U.S.C. § 11023) and section 6607 of the federal Pollution Prevention Act (PPA) of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 13106). (more…)