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EPA has issued a final rule that rolls back chemical facility safety requirements that were tightened under the Obama administration even as the agency previewed its legal defenses against all but certain challenges from Democratic states and environmentalists who had threatened to sue over the 2018 proposal that the agency largely codified.

Congress’ long-simmering battle over whether to regulate perfluorinated chemicals under the Superfund law as part of the pending defense bill appears headed for a final showdown as Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over whether to include such legislation in the final measure, which is slated for release this week.

The mayors of two California coastal cities and multiple environmental groups are urging state water regulators to reject energy agencies’ plan to extend the closure deadlines for several natural gas-fired power plants that use once-through-cooling (OTC), touting alternative measures to ensure a reliable power supply in southern California.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) move to restrict hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas drilling is prompting some environmental groups to urge the first-year governor to go much further and ban all new drilling, while also sparking a debate over whether the crackdown increases the state’s reliance on imported fuel produced under weaker rules.

Some California lawmakers are pressing investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to ramp up installation of community distributed energy resources (DERs) such as battery storage paired with solar and fully support a state DER subsidy program to help customers maintain power during utilities’ intentional power shutoffs to prevent catastrophic wildfires.

California air regulators and other state officials for the first time in 50 years say they are not attending the Los Angeles Auto Show to “send a message” to automakers siding with the Trump administration in litigation over the state’s authority to set greenhouse gas standards that they are “not buying” the companies’ claims of being “green."

The auto industry is criticizing California air regulators’ decision to set a Dec. 3 deadline for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) buyers to apply for rebates before new program changes take effect, setting up the potential for many customers to not receive rebates or to receive lower amounts than they were expecting when they purchased the vehicles.