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EPA sends final fuels ‘streamlining’ rule for OMB review

The agency is aiming to finalize by December its plan for revising and simplifying its suite of fuels regulations, while also removing redundant or duplicative provisions.

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Bipartisan House Duo Floats Power Sector CES With EPA Preemption

Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) are floating draft details of a plan to cut utilities’ greenhouse gas emissions that combines an immediate focus on technology programs with a longer-term “clean electricity standard” (CES), coupled with at least temporary preemption of existing EPA utility GHG rules.

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Utah physicians ask court to reject Diesel Brothers’ citizen air suit appeal

The district court’s decisions in the first-ever successful Clean Air Act citizen suit “are extensively supported by references to Defendants’ own evidence and admissions,” the physicians say.

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D.C. Circuit Poised To Hear Argument In Ozone ‘Precursor Trading’ Suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is poised to hear oral argument Sept. 22 in a suit filed by Sierra Club and other environmental groups over EPA’s policy allowing “interprecursor” air trading in states’ plans for attaining federal ozone standards, a practice critics say violates the Clean Air Act and may hike pollution.

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Regional Transportation Fuels GHG Program Advances Despite COVID-19

The Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) -- a cap-and-invest program for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic -- is advancing with plans for a final memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the program by later this fall, despite disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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D.C. Circuit schedules oral argument in NSR reporting suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral argument on Nov. 2 in New Jersey’s long-delayed challenge to an EPA new source review emissions reporting waiver.

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Steel Mill Suit Will Test Legal Precedent On ‘Missing’ EPA Air Toxics Rules

Environmentalists’ new lawsuit aiming to force EPA to add limits for additional air pollutants to its existing steel mill toxics emissions policy will test a recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit precedent requiring that EPA fill in “missing” limits for air toxics left unregulated by toxic emissions policies.

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NRDC attorney Walke calls EPA guidance rule ‘subversive attack’

Former EPA air officials from the George W. Bush and Obama administrations appear to agree that EPA may be in effect rescinding guidance documents not included in a newly established “portal.”

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D.C. Circuit Grants ‘Administrative’ Stay Of EPA Methane Rule Rollback

A federal appeals court has granted a request by environmental groups for an “administrative” stay of EPA’s rollback of Obama-era oil and gas methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions limits while it weighs an “emergency” call by environmentalists to halt the rules during litigation.

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Democrats plan resolution to support youth plaintiffs’ climate suit

The resolution will be introduced one year after many of the same plaintiffs along with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg came to Washington, D.C. to demand action to curb climate change.

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