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Flurry Of Carbon Tax Bills Float Menu Of Stringency, Revenue Options

The flurry of bills introduced this Congress to impose a tax or other kind of price on carbon emissions throughout the economy are floating a menu of options regarding the stringency of the policy and the use of revenues, even as prospects for major climate legislation appear slim in the near term.

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Court Rejection Of Pipeline GHG Challenge Underscores Limits Of NEPA

A recent appellate decision upholding the adequacy of federal energy regulators’ greenhouse gas review of the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline shows the limits of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and environmentalists’ efforts to use the law to challenge agency approvals.

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EPA’s landfill methane rule deadline extension clears OMB

The final rule would extend a series of compliance deadlines for states and EPA under Obama-era methane standards, conflicting with a recent court order for the agency to speed implementation.

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Former EPA Staff Warn State SSM Plan Approval Might Imperil Obama Rule

Former EPA staff are attacking the agency’s proposal to approve North Carolina’s air quality plan that includes a waiver from an Obama-era prohibition on exemptions from Clean Air Act regulatory limits for facility emissions during startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM) events, fearing the move risks unraveling the federal policy.

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NRECA wins bid to intervene after UARG exits suit

A group representing electric co-ops is being allowed to intervene in a case regarding interstate air emissions after the defunct Utility Air Regulatory Group left the suit.

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CARB Prods Automakers To Join State GHG Program For MY20 Vehicles

California regulators appear to be prodding automakers that have not joined the state’s landmark voluntary deal with four manufacturers to begin formally following the state’s greenhouse gas standards starting in model year 2020, a year earlier than when the state rules are slated to diverge from EPA’s requirements.

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Judges Doubt Counties’ Bid To Bypass Preemption For VW Emissions Fines

Judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit appear to doubt two counties’ case seeking civil penalties from automaker Volkswagen (VW) for its use of “defeat device” software to cheat on federal air emissions standards, pressing the counties’ hard at Aug. 6 oral arguments on why their claims are not preempted by federal claims.

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EPA seeks nominations for controversial CASAC ‘expert’ panel

The agency is seeking experts to assist with its reviews of federal ozone and particulate matter standards but critics say it will allow the administration to “cherry pick” scientific data.

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Sierra Club Suit Adds Pressure On Pennsylvania To Tighten NOx Controls

A Sierra Club lawsuit against EPA over its approval of Pennsylvania’s plan to curb ozone-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) adds to pressure on the Keystone State to further limit NOx from sources it can regulate, as surrounding states weigh asking EPA to force Pennsylvania to cut NOx they say is hindering their ability to meet federal ozone limits.

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States sue to overturn NHTSA rule lowering CAFE penalties

The lawsuit targets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s final rule rescinding an Obama-era penalty hike for violating fuel economy standards.

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