Despite its promises to wind down the ethanol requirement, the Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday that oil companies must blend slightly more biofuels into their gasoline, prompting the oil industry to lash out and the biofuel companies to applaud the move.
Environmental Protection Administrators Scott Pruitt says that he is ending the practice of regulation through litigation, which he describes as “sue and settle” — or policies that are brought about because of lawsuits that may fall outside the parameters of the intended laws.
Researchers at the University of Chicago say that rules affecting smog-forming ozone that went into effect on October 1 will save billions in medical costs each year. Manufacturers counter, however, that the rules are too rigid and need to be rewritten.
Two chemical companies have filed an appeal to have the full DC Court of Appeals hear a case involving the regulation of the chemicals used in refrigeration and air conditioning — one that had served as a piece of the Obama climate agenda.
The auto industry has mixed feelings about how the Trump administration is approaching the fuel economy standards enacted under the Obama administration, with at least the parts makers saying that they need such certainty to remain economically viable.
The EPA “resets the clock” for power plants working to comply with rules that limit toxic metals in wastewater. Compliance dates for the rules, which were issued in Nov. 2015, have been pushed back by two years, the EPA says.
Some state attorney generals are taking issue with the legal advice that EPA Administrator has given to states, which is that while the Clean Power Plan is being litigated, they do not have to meet the ruling’s timetables.