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House Democrats Reflect States’ GHG Target Strategy In Bill Rollout

House Democrats’ broader climate change legislative program appears to reflect an approach by California and several other states that have adopted long-term zero-carbon goals for the power sector or broader economy after which officials developed myriad mitigation and other policies to achieve such targets.

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California-Quebec GHG auction prices dip slightly

Credit prices at the Nov. 19 auction were slightly lower than the prior quarterly auction in August, though all available allowances for post-2022 compliance were sold.

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After Decade, EPA Drops Obama Plan To Reconsider NSR Reporting Rule

More than 10 years after the Obama EPA first announced its plan to grant New Jersey’s request to reconsider a contested George W. Bush EPA Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) reporting rule, the Trump administration is now shelving the plan -- a step that could resume litigation over the rule that has been on hold since 2008.

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Groups Say EPA Did Not Study Full Effect Of Nixing Oil & Gas Methane Rules

Environmental groups are alleging that EPA’s proposal to scuttle direct methane limits on new oil and gas sector is unlawful for a barrage of reasons, including the agency’s failure to quantify in detail the increased emissions that would be caused by the plan’s bar on regulation of existing facilities.

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EPA Plans Aggressive Appeal Of Judge’s Landfill Methane Deadline Order

EPA is planning to appeal a district judge’s rejection of its request to change his order to accommodate the agency’s extension of deadlines to issue a federal landfill methane rule, suggesting it intends to forcefully defend its authority to change its own rules and that the judge abused his discretion and violated separation of powers.

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Despite Tallying GHGs, Report Finds Agencies Don’t Find ‘Significant’ Levels

A new survey of how federal agencies address greenhouse gases in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews finds that they typically quantify direct and indirect emissions when considering fossil fuel projects, but that even if potential emissions are quite large the agencies dismiss the findings as not “significant.”

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New Jersey, New York urge court to expedite cross-border air pollution suit

The two states say they need quick consideration of their case to win additional EPA pollution controls that are necessary to attain the agency’s 2008 and 2015 ozone standards.

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California lawmakers seek EPA IG inquiry over SIP dispute

EPA “appears to be using inaccurate information to unfairly punish California for political reasons,” the lawmakers say.

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EPA Grants Industry Groups’ Bid To Narrow NSR Permit ‘Adjacency’ Test

EPA has issued final guidance granting industry groups’ request to narrow the definition of “adjacency” used as a factor in determining whether to combine nearby stationary sources’ emissions for deciding whether they are subject to strict Clean Air Act “major source” permits.

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Group Proposes Linking Power Sector CES To Non-Utility Programs

The Center for Climate & Energy Solutions (C2ES), a group that seeks “practical” solutions to climate change, is floating the concept of linking a clean energy standard (CES) for the power industry with programs designed for other sectors, in an effort to broaden the scope of possible emission reductions and reduce cost.

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