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EPA's New Coal Plant Rollback Proposes Significant Increase In CO2 Rate

The Trump administration's imminent proposal to roll back the Obama administration's greenhouse gas rule for new coal-fired power plants will dramatically raise the allowable emissions rate of carbon dioxide by almost 60 percent for some units, a move that will end the current rule's implied mandate for partial carbon capture, according to an EPA statement obtained by Inside EPA.

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FERC's Narrow GHG Reviews For Gas Pipeline Approvals Face Court Tests

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) narrow reviews of greenhouse gas and climate issues in its approvals of natural gas pipelines and other energy projects are facing their first tests in a pair of lawsuits in a key appellate court, after that court earlier required broad GHG considerations for a separate pipeline.

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Xcel's Ambitious Carbon-Free Goal At Odds With EPA Climate Rollbacks

A major utility with operations in eight Western and Midwestern states is vowing to sharply cut greenhouse gases over the next decade and eliminate all carbon emissions by 2050, expanding on moves by other utilities in the region to quickly drop coal despite the Trump EPA's ongoing efforts to rescind Obama-era climate rules and encourage new coal plants.

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EPA poised to issue final CSAPR 'close-out' rule

The White House has completed its review of EPA's final rule to wind down the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, while legal fights over interstate air pollution are ramping up.

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EAB urged to uphold carbon regeneration permit

EPA and a Colorado River tribal government are defending a Resource Conservation & Recovery Act permit for carbon regeneration against a facility’s complex legal challenge.

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EAB Deals Environmentalists Two Losses In Bid For Stricter NSR Permits

EPA's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has dealt environmentalists two losses in cases seeking stricter Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permits for energy facilities, deferring to state air regulators on an Arizona gas-fired power plant's permit and backing EPA Region 8's permits for a series of natural gas compressors in Utah.

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Facing Court Losses, White House Mulls Limited NEPA Climate Guidance

Following a series of court losses, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is mulling narrow new guidance to federal agencies for how to consistently consider greenhouse gas emissions in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, after it withdrew a detailed guide the Obama CEQ issued on the topic after years of work.

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EPA IG grants Senate Democrats' call to review 'glider' repeal rule

The watchdog says it will review whether the controversial plan violated long-standing policies requiring analysis of costs and benefits -- as well as children's health implications -- of environmental rules.

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NACAA Faults Eased EPA Auto Parts Enforcement, Seeks Strict Air Limits

The National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) is faulting EPA's plan to revise and ease its enforcement policy on tampering with aftermarket auto emissions control parts such as catalytic converters by warning that it will not adequately protect air quality, and is calling on the agency to instead pursue strict new emissions rules for the parts.

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EPA promises Sterigenics risk analysis in 2019

“We'll reach a point where we feel like we have a good grip on what the risks look like from this facility and that will help us to know what we think we should do,” EPA air chief Bill Wehrum said.

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