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Trump DOJ confirms ‘no further action’ on EPA coal plant NSPS

The Justice Department is asking a court to continue a pause in litigation over the Obama-era rule in order to give the incoming Biden administration time to assess the plan.

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D.C. Circuit replaces Garland in EPA trailer GHG rule suit

Merrick Garland, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will be replaced by Judge Gregory Katsas on a panel hearing litigation over EPA’s trailer greenhouse gas rule.

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Grappling With RFS Policy Decisions, EPA Floats Compliance Extensions

EPA is proposing to delay renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance deadlines for small refiners and others subject to the program’s biofuel blending mandates, giving the industry more time to comply while the agency grapples with whether to issue a slew of pending RFS compliance waivers and how to set RFS production goals for 2021.

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Obama Veteran Floats Two-Stage Plan For Biden To Boost SCC Metric

One of the primary architects of the Obama administration’s social cost of carbon (SCC) climate damage metric is floating a two-part strategy for the incoming Biden administration to re-strengthen the tool which would help justify tough greenhouse gas regulations and potentially a suite of other climate policies.

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Federal appeals courts schedule oral arguments in Clean Air Act suits

One of the suits challenges a Trump EPA rule extending a municipal landfill air rule compliance deadline, and the second is an industry appeal of the first-ever mobile source citizen suit filed under the air law.

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Castor Pledges Hill Action On ‘Cleanest, Greenest’ Infrastructure Bill

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), who chairs the House select climate change committee, is pledging that Congress will enact the “cleanest, greenest” infrastructure package later this year, with various provisions advancing clean energy and other climate-related initiatives.

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Coalition of 17 state AGs sues EPA seeking tougher PM NAAQS

If the incoming Biden administration opts not to defend the Trump EPA’s decision to retain the existing suite of particulate matter (PM) air standards, it must decide how quickly to re-write the emissions limits.

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EPA Proposes Slightly Stricter Air Toxics Regulations For Five Industries

EPA is proposing to slightly tighten air toxics controls for five industries, the latest in a series of Clean Air Act-mandated reviews of existing hazardous air pollutant (HAP) regulations that finds public health risks from certain sectors’ emissions are acceptable and do not justify significantly tightening the emissions standards.

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With Thin Majority, Senate Democrats Face Balancing Act On Climate

Senate Democrats upcoming majority in the upper chamber appears to have given them a clear path to push a more ambitious climate agenda using several potential legislative options, even though their narrow control suggests a delicate balancing act that could depend on industry’s willingness to accept some climate policies.

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Industry Coalition Backing EVs Seeks Strict EPA Rules, Other Policies

A new coalition of industry groups supporting electric vehicles (EVs) is floating a policy blueprint calling for EPA rules to achieve “sharp reductions” in vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, coupled with other legislative and regulatory policies including infrastructure spending to spur the industry.

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