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Senate Environment Panel Approves Carbon Capture, Diesel Emissions Bills

The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) is advancing two bipartisan bills, the first an effort to promote carbon capture and reuse that reflects Republicans’ reliance on technological innovation to mitigate climate change, and a second to reauthorize a widely popular EPA diesel engine retrofit program.

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EPA faces possible ‘dystopia’ from transportation technology shift

Ride-share services are increasing urban air pollution, requiring EPA to re-think its traditional approaches to vehicle air emissions, a top agency official says.

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10th Circuit dismisses appeal of BLM methane rule delay

California and environmentalists had challenged BLM’s one-year suspension of Obama-era methane standards, though an appeals court found the case to be moot after the bureau finalized a rule rescinding most of those limits.

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As key NSR trial begins, parties spar over remedy

Environmentalists and the Justice Department are urging a district judge to require new pollution controls and emissions offsets for a Missouri coal plant that violated the new source review program.

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DOJ Claims Wide EPA 'Discretion' Over Vehicle GHG Standards Finding

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is urging appellate judges to give EPA wide latitude regarding the reasons for its conclusion that it must weaken Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas standards, even as it argues that state and environmentalist litigation over the finding is not ripe for court review.

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Biofuel advocates resist claims about RFS’ GHG effects

USDA-backed studies are providing ammunition for biofuels groups to refute claims from environmentalists that the RFS causes harmful land-use changes and GHG increases.

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Regulators Optimistic Truck Makers Can Limit NOx Without Increasing GHGs

EPA, California and industry officials are expressing greater optimism that truck makers can implement strategies for curbing nitrogen oxides (NOx) without degrading fuel economy and boosting greenhouse gases, as both EPA and the state begin developing stricter NOx controls for heavy-duty trucks.

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Suit Tests EPA’s Ability To Avoid Adding New HAPs To Air Toxics Rules

Environmental groups in a new legal filing are challenging EPA’s discretion to avoid setting new limits for previously unregulated hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) for an industry when the agency reviews the sector’s remaining air toxics risks, arguing that EPA has violated the Clean Air Act by refusing to set such new limits for pulp mills.

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GOP cites Trump losses as reason to confirm judge picks

The adverse rulings show “why it’s important for him to move forward with putting judges in place who understand their role is not to make the law but to interpret the law,” says Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT).

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EPA Agrees To Weigh State Requests To Align Audit Policy But Doubts Need

A senior EPA official says the agency will consider state requests for pacts allowing new oil and gas facility owners that comply with voluntary state audit programs to also qualify for penalty relief under a recently issued federal policy, though the official said EPA's past enforcement history makes such agreements largely unnecessary.

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