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Ahead Of Arguments In Trailer GHG Suit, D.C. Circuit Punts On Stay Ask

As a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit prepares for Sept. 15 oral arguments in a challenge to Obama-era trailer greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules, the judges are deferring a ruling on the industry’s late-hour push to block key requirements from taking effect as scheduled Jan. 1.

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EPA Seeks Farm Panel’s Input On Interagency Work To Reduce Waste

EPA is asking its reconstituted Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities advisory committee (FRRCC) on how to bolster interagency partnerships that can encourage water reuse, cut nutrient pollution and discourage food waste, as well as seeking input on the future if its pesticides program.

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Environmentalists, Industry File Dueling Suits Over EPA Ethylene Air Rule

Environmentalists are suing EPA in bid to force the agency to tighten its recently revised air toxics regulations limiting air toxics emissions from the burgeoning ethylene manufacturing sector, dueling with petrochemical industry groups which filed separate litigation that is expected to push for weakening the same standards.

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States challenge EPA rollback of oil & gas methane limits

Nearly two dozen states are filing suit in appellate court to challenge EPA’s final rule that scraps direct methane limits for the oil and gas industry.

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Bipartisan Hill group pushes CCUS bill in defense law

Over three dozen lawmakers from both parties in the House and Senate are urging the top lawmakers on defense policy committees to include a carbon capture bill in this year’s defense policy legislation.

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Newsom Says California Will Accelerate Climate Change Goals Amid Fires

As a response to the devastation California is experiencing from numerous raging wildfires that have been exacerbated by climate change, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) says the state will accelerate its suite of climate change and clean energy targets, policies and programs.

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Earthjustice Petitions EPA To Void Remediation Waiver In Air Toxic Rule

Earthjustice, representing Sierra Club and other environmental groups, is petitioning EPA to eliminate an exemption given to site remediation work conducted under federal waste law from the agency’s site remediation air toxics rule, saying requirements in the Clean Air Act and a 2020 appellate ruling justify scrapping the waiver.

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Oil Sector Asks 1st Circuit To Split With Other Courts In Climate Nuisance Suit

An oil sector attorney at Sept. 11 oral arguments sought to persuade a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit to break with three other circuit courts and find that Rhode Island’s climate change nuisance suit against the industry belongs in federal court, not state court where it was originally filed.

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District court judge rejects request for injunction of CEQ’s NEPA rule

Environmentalists had urged a federal district court to grant a preliminary injunction blocking the White House’s overhaul of National Environmental Policy Act rules from taking effect Sept. 14.

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EPA Will Not Ask Science Advisers To ‘Validate’ Reduced-Form Air Models

EPA air staff say they will not ask the agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) to validate reduced-form (RF) computer models that could help to speed up the analysis of air rules’ benefits, after members of a special SAB panel pushed back on several aspects of a 2019 report on the issue that found such models to be helpful, if limited.

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