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September 18, 2018 | Legal Document

Complaint: PM2.5 Deadline

This action is brought under the federal Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 7401–7671q, to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take the statutorily required action of making findings under 42 U.S.C. § 7410(k)(1)(B), and publishing notice of those findings in the Federal Register, that the State of California has failed to develop and submit at least four separate nonattainment state implementation plan revisions to combat persistent violations of the 1997, 2006, and 2012 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for fine particulate matter in the San Joaquin Valley, California.

September 4, 2018 | Legal Document

Summary: Judge Kavanaugh’s U.S. EPA Cases Explained

The Heritage Foundation, recently argued that Judge Kavanaugh was not a predictable vote for industry polluters, but the record tells a very different story. A review of all 26 of his written opinions, concurrences, and dissents involving the Environmental Protection Act reveals that he almost always takes the side resulting in more pollution and opposes the result that would lead to more clean air, clean water and public protections.

August 23, 2018 | Legal Document

Comments Chemical Disaster Rule Rollback

On May 30, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule entitled “Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act,” 83 Fed. Reg. 24,850 (May 30, 2018) (the “Rollback Rule”). The Rollback Rule would rescind or weaken almost all of the chemical disaster prevention and mitigation measures previously adopted by the agency in its January 2017 final rule, “Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act,” 82 Fed. Reg. 4594 (Jan. 13, 2017) (the “Chemical Disaster Rule”). Comments on the Rollback Rule were originally due July 30, 2018, but EPA extended this deadline to August 23, 2018, pursuant to a Notice of Data Availability. See “Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act; Notification of Data Availability and Extension of Comment Period,” 83 Fed. Reg. 34,967 (July 24, 2018). The undersigned groups submit the following comments to oppose EPA’s proposed Rollback Rule. For reasons discussed herein and provided in the D.C. Circuit’s decision vacating EPA’s 2017 Delay Rule, EPA should withdraw, and not finalize, the proposed Rollback Rule. See Air Alliance Houston et al. v. EPA, No. 17-1155, Slip Op. (D.C. Cir. Aug. 17, 2018).

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