Clean Power Plan is consistent with law and history

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In a critical federal court hearing this month, challengers of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s signature climate change policy, will characterize the Plan as an “enormous and transformative expansion” of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory power.

Their legal briefs argue that, in its pursuit of reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s electric sector, the EPA dramatically exceeded the limits of its Clean Air Act authority and commandeered a regulatory arena — the electricity sector — that has traditionally been managed by the states. They claim there is “no precedent for this invasion of state sovereignty.”

But the Clean Power Plan, while certainly a very important rule, is not the boundary-breaking behemoth that the petitioners make it out to be. On the contrary, it explicitly acknowledges and complies with the many constraints that Clean Air Act places on EPA’s authority to regulate existing power plants. Furthermore, the plan’s basic components have already been used in several prior Clean Air Act regulations, issued under administrations of both parties.

EPA updates rule on ‘exceptional’ ozone pollution

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating its regulation for accounting for “exceptional” events that increase ozone pollution.

In the first update to the “exceptional events” rule since 2007, the EPA said late Friday that it is improving the efficiency of the process for states to notify federal officials about one-off events that increase ozone pollution, like wildfires, volcano eruptions and the intrusion of stratospheric ozone.

California restricts pollutants from cow flatulence to diesel emissions

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California on Monday moved to restrict air pollutants from sources as diverse as diesel trucks and cow flatulence, the latest of several efforts in the most populous U.S. state to reduce emissions leading to climate change.

Californians would pay $1 car battery fee for toxic cleanup under bill sent to governor

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Californians who purchase lead-acid car batteries would pay a $1 fee under legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown early Thursday morning, with the funds earmarked for cleaning contaminated sites, including communities near the former Exide battery plant in Los Angeles County.

10 things you need to know about the new U.S. chemicals law

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The updated Toxic Substances Control Act brings new hope for protecting Americans’ health and environment. Here’s what it does — and doesn’t — do.