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EPA Pledges To Back State, Regional Actions To Curb Greenhouse Gases

The Biden EPA is promising to support efforts by groups of states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, amid questions from some state regulators on how their existing initiatives, such as a novel emissions trading program for states to reduce transportation sector GHGs, will comport with potential future federal climate policies.

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Regan relaunches EPA climate website, reversing Trump action

The website will provide a broad range of information on greenhouse gases and the impacts of climate change that EPA Administrator Michael Regan says is a “crisis” the agency will tackle with “urgency.”

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8th Circuit Rehearing In Mine Air Dispute Tests NSR ‘Aggregation’ Policy

A federal appeals court’s decision to reconsider its ruling in a dispute over North Dakota’s right to interpret EPA Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) policies poses a test for whether the Biden administration will reverse a Trump-era policy on when emissions from industrial facilities must be “aggregated” for air permitting purposes.

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EPA Seeks Vacatur Of Trump Bar On GHG Rules To ‘Re-Examine’ Policy

The Biden administration, in an unopposed motion, is asking an appellate court to vacate an 11th-hour Trump EPA policy effectively barring Clean Air Act regulation of greenhouse gases from most industries beyond utilities, agreeing with critics that the agency unlawfully issued the rule while vowing to “re-examine” the entire policy.

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CEI Asks Congress To Block EPA From Using SCC To Boost Climate Plans

The free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) think tank is asking Congress to block the Biden administration from using the social cost of carbon (SCC) metric to bolster its climate change regulatory agenda at EPA and other agencies, one of several recommendations the group is floating on energy and environmental policies.

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Refiner files 10th Circuit suit over EPA’s RFS waiver response

A Wyoming refiner is suing EPA over the Trump administration’s response to its request for exemptions from having to comply with the 2018 and 2019 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rules.

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D.C. Circuit grants EPA bid to further delay RMP rollback rule case

A federal appeals court has granted EPA’s request for a 90-day stay of consolidated litigation contesting the Trump EPA’s rule reversing Obama-era chemical disaster safety mandates for facilities.

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Final CSAPR Rule Revision Retains Trump EPA Proposed NOx Reductions

EPA’s final rule revising its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program appears to make few changes from the Trump proposal, largely retaining the draft plan’s mandate for 12 states to further reduce ozone-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) while leaving steeper NOx-reduction mandates for a future rulemaking.

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In RFS Waiver Dispute, 9th Circuit Orders EPA To Explain RIN Remedy

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is ordering EPA to quickly provide an explanation for its decision to return renewable fuel standard (RFS) credits to a California refiner when it granted the company’s request for an RFS compliance waiver, though the court stops short of directing the agency on how to craft its response.

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Top Biden EPA Air Officials Might Seek CAAAC Input On NAAQS Reviews

Top political officials in the Biden EPA Office of Air & Radiation (OAR) are signaling that they might seek input from its Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) on how to proceed with the agency’s review of Trump-era decisions to retain and not tighten the existing ambient air limits for ozone and particulate matter (PM).

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