EPA blocks bid to review basis for climate regs

E&E News cites CEI Attorney Devin Watkins on climate regulation:

Several of the petitions to reopen EPA’s endangerment finding were filed in 2017 during the first days of the Trump administration. There was hope, with a president in charge who had called climate change a hoax, the decision would be overturned.

But the agency only responded to the petitions on Donald Trump’s last full day in office, with his top EPA officials scrambling to leave a mark on climate policy, according to emails obtained by E&E News under the Freedom of Information Act. Those records also show how President Joe Biden’s appointees huddled and decided to withdraw and review the petition denials (Greenwire, March 3).

Now EPA has denied those claims yet again.

“It’s shocking that it took more than five years for EPA to provide a response,” Devin Watkins, an attorney at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told E&E News. “One would think if the evidence was actually very strong they could have responded sooner.”

Regan denied CEI’s petition in a letter to the think tank. He also sent similar letters denying other petitions on the endangerment finding.

Watkins reiterated CEI’s doubts about the models and methodologies that support the finding, which was completed in 2009. The overwhelming view of scientists is that accumulated greenhouse gas emissions endanger human health and welfare — the standard set out in the Clean Air Act.

On CEI’s next move, Watkins said, “As to where we go from here, we have not yet decided.”

Carroll with EPA said the agency believes its latest denials “have strong support in both the science and the law.” He added that the petitioners’ arguments “are similar in scope and nature to” what has been previously raised regarding the 2009 finding and dismissed in the 2012 circuit court decision.

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