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D.C. Circuit Expected To Order FERC To Broaden Pipeline GHG Reviews

Appellate judges are expected to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expand consideration of greenhouse gas emissions when approving natural gas pipelines with a known upstream producer, which would extend a two-year-old precedent requiring FERC to address downstream GHGs when the end user is known.

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Fight Over MATS Rollback Serves As Proxy For Battle Over ‘Co-Benefits’

A fight between critics and supporters of EPA’s proposal to scrap its cost-benefit finding underpinning the Obama-era utility air toxics rule is serving as a proxy for a broader battle over how, and whether, the agency should in future rulemakings count the “co-benefits” of reducing pollutants that are not directly regulated by a specific policy.

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EPA Moves To Reveal More Information On Small Refiner RFS Waivers

EPA is proposing to publish more data on small refinery waivers from renewable fuel standard (RFS) exemptions, as the agency comes under renewed scrutiny from biofuels advocates and their congressional supporters for its increased issuance of waivers, which biofuel industry groups blame for “destroying demand” for their product.

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EPA declines to tighten combustion turbine standards

EPA’s proposal to retain air toxics standards for stationary combustion turbines follows a Trump EPA pattern of declining to tighten toxics limits.

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EPA Expands Air Data Waivers For ‘Exceptional’ Events, Sparking Criticism

EPA has expanded the scope of possible situations where states and industry can exclude air monitoring data showing violations of federal air quality standards from regulatory determinations on Clean Air Act compliance, prompting warnings from one environmentalist that the action is unlawful, though states are welcoming the new policy.

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House Democrats launch inquiry on EPA ties to utility group

Top Democrats on the House Energy & Commerce Committee are asking a power sector group and eight of the group's member utilities about ties with several current and former Trump EPA officials.

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Oil & Gas Sector Faces New Scrutiny Over Air Pollution In Western States

The booming oil and gas industry is facing new scrutiny over its Clean Air Act permits covering methane and air toxics emissions in Western states, particularly in Colorado where Democrats are codifying sweeping new limits on drilling and more than a dozen companies are facing citizen suits over their allegedly lax air permits.

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Vehicle Technology Shifts Tee Up Long-Term Emissions Puzzle For EPA

Multiple potentially transformative technological shifts among passenger vehicles are creating a long-term challenge for EPA as it tries to limit carbon and conventional air emissions from the sector, with one top agency official warning of a possible pollution “dystopia” if increased vehicle trips from ride hailing are not paired with vehicle electrification.

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EPA floats nine new candidates for CASAC vacancy

EPA’s list of potential recruits to CASAC includes a diverse range of candidates, including ecologists, atmospheric chemistry experts and toxicologists.

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DeGette bill targets refinery ‘loophole’ for hydrogen cyanide

Rep. Diana DeGette’s (D-CO) bill aims to force numeric limits for refinery emissions of hydrogen cyanide, ending EPA’s reliance on standards for “surrogate” pollutants such as carbon monoxide.

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