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December 03, 2019

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit appears likely to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction Sierra Club’s suit aiming to force speedy development of an EPA plan for limiting states’ emissions from industrial incinerators, but at least one judge is signaling a path to a future suit with a similar goal if it is based on different claims.

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December 02, 2019

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is estimating that an expected EPA drinking water standard for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is expected to cost drinking water systems more than “several billion dollars” to comply with any testing and treatment requirements over the first five years, according to a recently released analysis.

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EPA has granted first-time chemical industry requests to assess risks of two phthalate chemicals under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) despite warnings from environmentalists that approving the requests would be unlawful in part because they did not comply with the agency’s data requirements.

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States are formally urging EPA to reconsider its revocation of a preemption waiver allowing California and other states to enforce their own vehicle greenhouse gas rules, previewing likely arguments in pending litigation that charges the agency lacks Clean Air Act authority to revoke such waivers once granted.

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The outcome of the Superfund case scheduled for Dec. 3 Supreme Court oral argument could have implications for numerous pending climate change nuisance and trespass cases, potentially allowing those cases to proceed even if the court rules the Superfund preemption claims cannot, a legal expert says.

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House Democrats’ broader climate change legislative program appears to reflect an approach by California and several other states that have adopted long-term zero-carbon goals for the power sector or broader economy after which officials developed myriad mitigation and other policies to achieve such targets.

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November 27, 2019

More than 10 years after the Obama EPA first announced its plan to grant New Jersey’s request to reconsider a contested George W. Bush EPA Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) reporting rule, the Trump administration is now shelving the plan -- a step that could resume litigation over the rule that has been on hold since 2008.

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EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) says it far exceeded its planned “return on investment” for fiscal year 2019, finding in its year-end report to Congress that the office’s investigations, audits and reviews created $314 million in benefits on a $50.3 million budget, and dozens of unimplemented recommendations could produce another $68 million.

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Environmental groups are alleging that EPA’s proposal to scuttle direct methane limits on new oil and gas sector is unlawful for a barrage of reasons, including the agency’s failure to quantify in detail the increased emissions that would be caused by the plan’s bar on regulation of existing facilities.

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EPA is planning to appeal a district judge’s rejection of its request to change his order to accommodate the agency’s extension of deadlines to issue a federal landfill methane rule, suggesting it intends to forcefully defend its authority to change its own rules and that the judge abused his discretion and violated separation of powers.

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A new survey of how federal agencies address greenhouse gases in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews finds that they typically quantify direct and indirect emissions when considering fossil fuel projects, but that even if potential emissions are quite large the agencies dismiss the findings as not “significant.”

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Prices for greenhouse gas allowances in the latest California-Quebec cap-and-trade program auction dipped slightly from the prior auction in August, though all 9 million advance vintage credits sold out, potentially indicating that regulated entities and carbon traders expect the market to stay strong in the years to come, some experts say.

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Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is charging that the California Energy Commission (CEC) is flouting a 2013 state law requiring the agency to adopt measures to bolster the use of natural gas and biomethane -- continuing battles over the state’s move to electrify homes, buildings and vehicles to combat climate change.

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November 26, 2019

California agencies are taking several actions to block the Trump administration’s recent proposal to alter the distribution of water supplies from federal and state projects to the state’s sprawling Bay-Delta watershed, including by challenging federal conclusions about potential endangered species effects, and planning litigation to halt the plan.

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The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) is suing EPA over its approval of an exemption to Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements allowing for expanded injection of oil wastewater into a California aquifer, charging the move violates several federal environmental and endangered species statutes.

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EPA has issued final guidance granting industry groups’ request to narrow the definition of “adjacency” used as a factor in determining whether to combine nearby stationary sources’ emissions for deciding whether they are subject to strict Clean Air Act “major source” permits.

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The Center for Climate & Energy Solutions (C2ES), a group that seeks “practical” solutions to climate change, is floating the concept of linking a clean energy standard (CES) for the power industry with programs designed for other sectors, in an effort to broaden the scope of possible emission reductions and reduce cost.

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As EPA’s ban on consumer uses of paint strippers containing methylene chloride (MC) takes effect, former officials and environmentalists are urging the agency to quickly adopt a host of emergency limits on other uses of the substance, citing EPA’s recent draft assessment that found many other uses pose “unreasonable risks” that must be addressed.

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Appellate judges are suggesting they may overturn a lower court ruling that limited the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s (CSB) ability, as part of an accident investigation, to subpoena documents to study risks of “potential” releases of hazardous chemicals into the environment.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral argument Dec. 3 in Sierra Club’s suit that aims to force EPA to issue federal implementation plans (FIPs) imposing its air toxics policies for incinerators in states that have failed to issue state implementation plans (SIPs) for compliance with the rules.

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