Agency: EPA

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Agency: EPA

2018-06-07 EPA Issues Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Cost-Benefit Analysis Regulatory action EPA

EPA issued an advance notice of a proposed rulemaking to “clarify” the agency’s approach to cost-benefit analysis. The proposed rulemaking has implications for how EPA will weigh costs and benefits in future climate regulations.

2018-04-30 EPA Issues Proposal to Restrict Use of Science in Rulemaking Regulatory action EPA

EPA issued a proposal which would restrict EPA, when issuing regulations, to relying only on scientific research for which the underlying data has been made available to the general public. Comments are due May 30, 2018.

2018-04-13 EPA Announces Plans to Revise and Lower GHG Standards for Light Duty Vehicles Regulatory action EPA

EPA issued a Final Determination for its Mid-term Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Light-duty Vehicles in which it announced plans to revise the standards to make them less stringent.

2018-04-13 EPA Publishes Notice Announcing It Will Not Enforce 2015 HFC Alternatives Rule Regulatory action EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice announcing that it will not enforce a 2015 rule prohibiting the use of HFCs with high GWP as substitutes for ozone-depleting substances (which had been partially vacated by the D.C. Circuit) and announcing plans to initiate a new notice-and-comment rulemaking process to address the remand of the rule.

2017-12-28 EPA Issues Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Replace Clean Power Plan Regulatory action EPA

EPA published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in which it announced that it is considering proposing a rule to replace the Clean Power Plan. Comments must be received on or before February 26, 2018.

2017-11-08 EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposal to Repeal Clean Power Plan, Announces Public Hearing on Nov. 28-29 Regulatory action EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a federal register notice announcing that it is extending the comment deadline for the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan by 32 days to January 16, 2018.

2017-10-10 EPA Proposes to Rescind Clean Power Plan Regulatory action EPA

EPA published a notice of proposed rulemaking in which it proposed to repeal the Clean Power Plan.

2017-08-25 Unified Agenda Lists Planned Deregulatory Actions Regulatory action DOI, EPA

The Fall 2017 update to the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions lists a variety of planned actions to rescind or revise regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

2017-08-10 EPA and NHTSA Open Public Comment Period for Reconsideration of Light Duty Emission Standards MY 2022-2025, Expand Review to Include MY 2021 Regulatory action DOT, EPA, NHTSA

EPA and NHTSA opened a public comment period on the reconsideration of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years (MY) 2022-2025. EPA is also taking comment on whether the MY 2021 standards are appropriate. Public comments will be accepted for 45 days after this announcement is published in the Federal Register.

2017-06-16 EPA Proposes 2 Year Stay of Emission Standards for Oil and Gas Sector Regulatory action EPA

EPA issued a proposal to stay for two years certain core requirements of the NSPS for the Oil and Gas Sector (which covers methane as well as VOCs). Comments on the proposed stay are due on July 17, 2017.

2017-06-14 EPA Halts Development of Emission Guidelines for the Existing Oil and Natural Gas Sector Regulatory action EPA

EPA decided not to proceed with the development of methane emission guidelines for existing oil and gas sources.

2017-06-05 EPA Issues Notice of Stay and Reconsideration of Additional Provisions of Oil and Gas Emission Standards Regulatory action EPA

EPA issued a notice stating that it is granting reconsideration of certain requirements in the in the New Source Performance Standards for the Oil and Gas Sector (which covers emission standards for methane as well as VOCs), specifically the well site pneumatic pumps standards and the requirements for certification by professional engineer.

2017-05-22 EPA Stays Rules Establishing Methane Standards for Landfills Regulatory action EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a 90-day administrative stay of two rules that established methane emission standards for new and existing landfills, pending its reconsideration of the rules pursuant to EO 13783: Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.

2017-04-18 EPA Intends to Reconsider Fugitive Emission Standards for Oil and Gas Sector Regulatory action EPA

In a letter dated April 18, 2017, EPA announced that it would convene a process for reconsidering the fugitive emission requirements at well sites and compressor station sites in the NSPS for the Oil and Gas Sector.

2017-04-13 EPA Seeks Input on Rules to Repeal, Replace or Modify Regulatory action EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Federal Register notice seeking public input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. This input is intended to help inform EPA’s response to President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. Comments will be accepted through May 15, 2017.

2017-04-04 EPA Initiates Review of Clean Power Plan Regulatory action EPA

EPA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it is reviewing and, if appropriate will initiate proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind the Clean Power Plan.

2017-04-04 EPA Initiates Review of GHG Standards for New and Modified Power Plants Regulatory action EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it is reviewing and, if appropriate, will initiate proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind the Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From New, Modified, and Reconstructed Electric Generating Units

2017-04-04 EPA Initiates Review of Methane Standards for Oil and Gas Sector Regulatory action EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it is reviewing and, if appropriate, will initiate proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind the methane emission standards for new and modified oil and gas facilities.

2017-04-03 EPA Withdraws Proposed Rules that Accompanied Clean Power Plan Regulatory action EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew two proposed rules that would have supplemented the Clean Power Plan final rule and provided support for the development of state plans: (i) a rule establishing federal plans and model rules for implementing the GHG emission guidelines for existing power plants, and (ii) a rule concerning details of the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP).

2017-03-30 Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Overturn Trump’s Executive Order on Climate Change Congressional action All, BLM, DOI, EPA

Thirty-six house democrats introduced a bill to overturn President Trump’s “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” order. The “Congressional Leadership in Mitigating Administration Threats to the Earth (CLIMATE) Act” (H.R. 1812) declares the president’s document null and void and would prohibit federal funds for implementing, administering or enforcing it. Democratic senators have also introduced companion legislation.

2017-03-28 Trump Issues Executive Order on Climate Change Executive Order All, BLM, DOI, EPA

President Trump issued an executive order aimed at dismantling many of the key actions undertaken at the federal level to address climate change. The order directs EPA to review and potentially rescind or re-write important regulations such as the Clean Power Plan (CO2 emission standards for existing power plants), CO2 emission standards for new power plants, and methane emission standards for the oil and gas sector. It also revokes a number of executive orders and actions, including: guidance on calculating the social costs of greenhouse gas emissions, an imposing a moratorium on federal coal leasing, and guidance on how to account for climate change in environmental reviews.

2017-03-15 EPA and NHTSA Announce Decision to Reconsider GHG Standards for Light Duty Vehicles Regulatory action EPA, NHTSA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced their intention to reconsider the greenhouse gas emission standards for light duty vehicles model years 2022-2025. The decision reverses course from EPA’s January 2017 determination that no change in the standards was warranted.

2017-03-02 EPA Withdraws Request for Oil and Gas Industry to Submit Data on Methane Controls Regulatory action EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has withdrawn a 2016 Information Collection Request (ICR) which directed existing oil and gas facilities and operators to provide data needed to help the agency determine how to best reduce methane and other harmful emissions from existing sources in the large and complex oil and natural gas industry.

2017-02-07 Bill Introduced in House to Eliminate EPA Programs Congressional action EPA

Rep. Johnson (R-TX-3) introduced a bill (H.R.958) “to eliminate certain programs of the Environmental Protection Agency, and for other purposes.”

2017-02-03 House Introduces Bill to Terminate Environmental Protection Agency Congressional action EPA

Rep. Gaetz (R-FL-1) introduced a bill (H.R. 861) to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

2017-02-03 Senate Introduces Resolution to Overturn Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update to 2008 NAAQS Congressional action EPA

A joint resolution was introduced in the Senate (S.J.Res. 21) to overturn the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) update to the 2008 Ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

2017-02-01 Bills Introduced in House and Senate to Delay Implementation of 2015 Ozone Standards Congressional action EPA

Two bills were introduced in the Senate (S.263) and House (H.R.806) to delay implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2015 Ozone Standards.

2017-01-31 House Introduces Bill to Limit Renewable Fuel Mandates Congressional action EPA

A bill (H.R. 776) was introduced in the house to require that until a comprehensive study is completed, the volume of cellulosic biofuel mandated under the renewable fuel program be limited to what is commercially available.

2017-01-24 House Introduces Bill to Prevent Federal Agencies From Regulating Greenhouse Gases Under Existing Laws Congressional action EPA, FWS, NMFS

Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL-6) introduced a bill entitled “Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017” (H.R. 637). The purpose of the bill is to prevent EPA and other agencies from using their existing statutory authority federal to regulate greenhouse gases.

2017-01-20 Regulatory Freeze Delays New Energy Efficiency, Renewable Fuel Standards Presidential Memorandum DOE, EPA, White House

The Trump Administration issued a Presidential Memorandum entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” which directs all agencies to postpone the publication of new and pending regulations to give the administration time to review those regulations. The freeze affects the latest renewable fuel standards from EPA as well as energy efficiency standards recently finalized by DOE.