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EPA Biomass CO2 Proposal Expected To Exclude Agricultural Residues

EPA’s pending proposed rule that is expected to define sustainably sourced biomass power as carbon neutral for regulatory purposes is not expected to widen the scope of the agency’s current policy to various types of agriculture residues, sources say, despite an extended push by the agricultural sector.

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In Nod To Critics, CPUC Requires Utility Plans To Meet Two 2030 GHG Targets

In response to criticism from the clean power industry and environmentalists, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is requiring utilities to submit power procurement plans showing how they can achieve two greenhouse gas emission targets by 2030 instead of one as it earlier proposed, with the second being more stringent.

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EPA proposes to give Wyoming primacy for CCS wells

The state would be just the second, after North Dakota, to directly implement EPA’s Class VI permitting program for carbon dioxide sequestration activities.

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2nd Circuit Backs NRDC's Push For EPA To Release Vehicle GHG Model

In a win for environmentalists, a federal appeals court is ordering EPA to publicly release its computer model that could highlight faulty assumptions in the agency’s rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas standards, saying the model is not “deliberative” data protected from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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Wheeler Urges OIG To Rescind EtO Air Toxics Alert, Claiming ‘Disconnect’

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is asking the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to rescind its March 31 alert of the “urgent” need to notify communities near 16 industrial facilities of cancer risks from the sites’ ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions, saying the agency had no notice that OIG considered its current approach inadequate.

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10th Circuit Judges Probe EPA On Policy For Reviewing Title V Air Permits

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit at recent oral argument probed EPA and Sierra Club over the group’s lawsuit challenging a revised agency policy for reviewing objections to Clean Air Act “Title V” permits, a change that environmentalists say makes it harder to challenge unlawfully weak permits.

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In Rare Decision, EPA Grants Sierra Club Petition Faulting Dow Air Permit

In a rare win for environmentalists under the Trump administration, EPA has granted a petition filed by the Sierra Club and Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) for it to object to a Clean Air Act permit Texas proposed for a Dow facility -- agreeing with the groups that the permit lacks enough information to justify its emissions limits.

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Oil industry seeks high court review of nuisance ruling

The oil industry is urging the Supreme Court to review a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruling that Baltimore’s climate nuisance case can proceed in state court.

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EPA, industry reject MATS ruling as boost to pulp suit

EPA says a recent D.C. Circuit ruling over its utility air toics rule does not help environmentalists’ fight to add new air toxics limits for pulp mills.

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OIG Issues ‘Urgent’ Call For EPA To Warn Communities Of EtO Risks

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued an “urgent” notice calling on the agency to notify residents near 16 facilities that emit ethylene oxide (EtO), mostly in Texas and Louisiana, that they face significant cancer risks from the chemical, but EPA officials say they plan to do so only after more analysis of the potential threat.

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