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Oil companies ask high court to stay climate nuisance ruling

The firms argue that “whether global warming claims based on worldwide greenhouse gas emissions necessarily arise under federal law is a question of great national importance.”

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OMB begins review of EPA HFC ‘Management’ Plan

The forthcoming regulation would rescind Obama-era rules extending refrigerant management and leak guidelines to appliances that use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent greenhouse gases.

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D.C. Circuit urged to rehear suit over scrapped EPA ‘once in’ air policy

California and several environmental groups say the appellate court erred in its 2-1 ruling rejecting their suit over an EPA memo scrapping a long-running policy on strict air toxics controls.

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Administration Pursues Narrow NEPA GHG Reviews In Fossil Leasing Suits

The Trump administration is continuing to pursue its narrow approach to considering climate change in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, defending the strategy in courts even as it has been ordered to consider broader, cumulative climate effects of its fossil fuel lease approvals.

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EPA urges D.C. Circuit to reject requests to pause ACE litigation

The agency says that pausing the litigation until it finishes a related rule on new source review requirements “would delay resolution of this case a half year or more.”

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EPA’s RFS Boost Prompts Tough Questions Over Future Of Fuels Program

The Trump administration’s plan to boost biofuel blending targets under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) to compensate for small refiner RFS waivers is prompting tough questions about the future of the program, because the hike appears to be a long-term commitment that will constrain RFS policy changes under consideration.

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NAS Urges ‘Interim’ Review Of EPA, DOT Heavy Truck GHG Standards

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is urging EPA and the Transportation Department (DOT) to conduct an “interim evaluation” of the agencies’ Phase 2 greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDV), while also floating an array of suggestions for a subsequent round of standards.

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Feinstein, Harris seek new EPA IG probe of California dispute

California’s two Democratic senators want EPA’s inspector general to investigate any talks between the agency and White House prior to EPA citing the state for alleged water quality violations.

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EPA Prepares To Defend ‘Significant Impact Level’ Air Permit Screening

EPA at Oct. 7 appellate court oral argument will defend its use of “significant impact levels” (SILs) to ease Clean Air Act permitting for local regulators against environmentalists’ claim that the screening tools allow unlawful air pollution, while major industry groups are intervening to support the agency’s policy.

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EPA Unveils Trump Plan To Hike RFS Targets To Compensate For Waivers

EPA is moving to boost renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending targets to compensate for dozens of RFS compliance waivers issued by the agency to small refiners, part of President Donald Trump’s promised “giant package” of aid to farmers and biofuel producers who claim the waivers damage their livelihoods.

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