EPA to Hold RFS Public Hearing

The Environmental Protection Agency announced November 20 that it will hold a public hearing on the recently released 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard mandates in Arlington, VA December 5. Those interested in testifying at the meeting should contact the Office of Transportation and Air Quality by November 26.

Federal Procurement Green Draft Guidelines

Draft guidelines on federal agency procurement were released by the Environmental Protection Agency November 20. The guidelines address environmental and sustainability issues and spur consumers to use and demand greener products. Created with the General Services Administration, the agency’s guidelines will have a 90 day public comment period.

NAAQS Revision Oral Arguments Held

Oral arguments began November 22 in a case involving an Environmental Protection Agency decision to extend the deadline for states to comply with revised national ambient air quality standards, and plaintiff Natural Resources Defense Council said the agency had violated the Clean Air Act. The group asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn the 2012 implementation rule. The agency said that the extension was needed in order for states to show compliance in three full summer ozone seasons.

Draft NOx Health Impact Assessment Released

The Environmental Protection Agency published November 22 a draft scientific assessment of the impact of nitrogen oxide pollution on public health. The Office of Research and Development’s National Center for Environmental Assessment completed the assessment in preparation for the next agency review of the national ambient air quality standards. The agency will accept public comment through January 21.

GHG Case to Be Considered in February

The Supreme Court announced November 25 that it would hear one hour of oral arguments February 24 for a consolidated case on a narrow part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas regulations, specifically, whether the agency “permissibly determined that its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new motor vehicles triggered permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act for stationary sources that emit greenhouse gases.”