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A federal district court judge is urging the Obama
administration to conduct a potentially precedent-setting new National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review to fully assess the greenhouse gas (GHG)
cost impacts of a controversial coal-leasing plan that he vacated after
previously finding the administration had failed to account for those costs by
not using its social cost of carbon (SCC) estimates.

EPA has sent for White House Office of Management &
Budget (OMB) review its proposed rule outlining requirements for states
implementing the agency's 2012 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient
air quality standard (NAAQS), including deadlines for meeting the standard and
pollution control definitions.

A free-market group is expanding its bid to invalidate EPA's
greenhouse gas (GHG) endangerment finding by filing a Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) request with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), seeking NOAA data underpinning the finding that the group claims are
flawed and warrant scrapping the finding.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of
Manufacturers (NAM) are backing away from their earlier support for EPA's
proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for new natural gas combined-cycle
(NGCC) units, filing late comments that seek to align the two groups with other
industry interests that are also seeking to ease the limits.

"Clean" utilities that generate much of their power from
lower-emission sources such as natural gas are citing an appellate court's
ruling scrapping the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) policy on
compensating demand response (DR) resources as boosting their suit over an EPA
air rule for generators used in DR programs.