EPA soot review departs OMB

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Monday, April 13, 2020

The White House on Friday finished its review of EPA’s particulate matter proposal, according to OMB’s website (Reg. 2060-AS50 ). Administrator Andrew Wheeler is broadly expected to propose maintaining the fine PM, or PM2.5, standard last set in 2013 of 12 micrograms per cubic meter. Wheeler hopes to complete this review by the end of this year, a deadline that will require quick action from EPA. According to two environmentalist sources, OMB had previously scheduled meetings with green groups for this week, but OMB’s site does not list any further meetings beyond the four it already held.

But wait, there’s more: EPA has sent two new rulemakings for OMB review. The first is an interim final rule that appears to address emissions monitoring failures to the coronavirus, possibly a follow-up to the agency’s recent guidance on enforcement during the pandemic (Reg. 2060-AU85). The second is a new cost-benefit analysis system for Clean Air Act rules (Reg. 2060-AU51), the first of four such cost-benefit restructures EPA is planning following Wheeler’s announcement last year.