FWS determined threatened species status for both the northern distinct population segment (DPS) and the southern DPS of lesser prairie-chicken under the ESA, and finalized a rule under §4(d) of the Act that provides measures that are necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of the northern DPS.
EPA announced its finding that the 2020 motor vehicle emissions budgets for volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides for the 2008 ozone NAAQS are adequate for transportation conformity purposes for the New York portion of the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT eight-hour ozone nonattainment area.
EPA entered into a proposed consent decree under the CAA in Comité Progreso de Lamont v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, No. 3:21-cv-08733-WHA (N.D. Cal.), that would establish deadlines for the Agency to sign notices of proposed and final actions pertaining to promulgation of a federal implementation plan for the San Joaquin Valley area of California to address certain remaining nonattainment plan requirements for the 1997, 2006, and 2012 fine particulate matter NAAQS.
FWS requested new information to update the species status assessment for the North American wolverine occurring in the contiguous United States in order to make a final determination whether to list the species under the ESA.
EPA finalized particulate matter emission standards and test procedures applicable to certain classes of engines used by civil subsonic jet airplanes to replace the existing smoke standard for those engines.
FWS proposed to designate approximately 1,174,011 acres in 13 Florida counties as critical habitat for the Florida bonneted bat under the ESA.
FWS announced the availability of and seeks comment on its review of John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin under the Coastal Barrier Resources Act.
SIP Approval: Colorado (new source review and air pollution emission notices).
SIP Proposal: North Carolina (minor revisions to nitrogen oxides rule).
A district court granted in part and denied in part conservation groups' motion for an order on remedy after it invalidated NMFS' 2021 biological opinion (BiOp) and final rule as related to the U.S. lobster fishery. The parties agreed the rule should be remanded without vacatur to NMFS along with an...