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EPA Drops Key NSR Suit To Avoid Adverse Precedent On Injunctive Relief

EPA and the Sierra Club have dropped their long-running suit against Texas utility Luminant for violations of new source review (NSR) permitting requirements in an effort to avoid a broad adverse precedent that could hamstring future actions to seek injunctive relief for past violations under multiple statutes across a wide swath of the country.

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Trump Under Pressure As Biofuels Groups Cry Foul Over New RFS Waivers

President Donald Trump is facing angry calls from biofuels groups and Farm Belt lawmakers to quickly intervene and mitigate the effects of a fresh round of EPA waivers exempting small refiners from renewable fuel standard (RFS) blending obligations, as the agricultural economy continues to suffer from a host of problems depressing farm incomes.

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Officials Strongly Criticize Limited GHG Review In Draft CEQ NEPA Guide

Current and former government officials are strongly criticizing a draft guidance crafted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) that instruct agencies to limit the scope of how they consider greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.

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Former Officials Criticize Limited GHG Review In Draft CEQ NEPA Guide

Current and former government officials are strongly criticizing a draft guidance crafted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) that instruct agencies to limit the scope of how they consider greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.

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EPA moves to reclassify Denver to ‘serious’ ozone nonattainment

The move -- which was required by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) and opposed by the oil and gas sector -- likely would lead to additional pollution controls on drillers.

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Trump critics continue to attack analysis of auto GHG plan

A consumer group is out with a new report finding the plan will significantly boost drivers’ fuel costs, while environmentalists are renewing a legal bid to force EPA to release analysis they argue undercuts the Trump rollback.

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Unions urge 2020 candidates to support carbon cap, not tax

Several energy sector unions are also projecting that a “fair level of compensation” for workers displaced by major climate policy could be between $1 trillion and $3 trillion through 2040.

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States Cite NHTSA Penalty Rule In Lawsuit Over EPA Auto GHG ‘Finding’

Democratic-led states are seeking to use Trump officials’ regulatory statements against them in a pending legal challenge to a key EPA decision to weaken Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas standards, arguing the administration in a separate rule acknowledges the agency’s decision is final and thus subject to court review.

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CARB Defends Deal With Automakers Amid Doubts Over GHG Reductions

California Air Resources Board (CARB) officials are defending their recent voluntary agreement on vehicle greenhouse gases with four major auto companies in the face of new claims from researchers that the pact weakens existing Obama-era standards and may significantly curb its GHG emissions reduction benefits.

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Chamber, coal groups seek to back EPA in ACE suit

The two industry groups are supporting EPA’s defense of its Affordable Clean Energy rule in litigation filed by two public health groups that is expected to include many additional petitioners.

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