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District Court Judge Backs EPA On One-Time Air Toxics Rule Risk Reviews

A federal district court judge is backing EPA’s long-standing position that it need only conduct “residual” health risk reviews for its existing air toxics regulations once, rejecting environmentalists’ claim that the reviews must occur every eight years alongside related Clean Air Act-mandated reviews of air toxic control technologies.

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Groups Make Final Pitches To OMB On Oil & Gas Methane Rule Rollback

Environmentalists and oil groups are making their final pitches to EPA and White House officials regarding the agency’s draft final rollback of oil and gas methane standards, including a late-hour battle over the implications of scrapping rules for low-production wells and the legal authority for the rollback.

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EDF targets pipeline approval based on lack of ‘need’

The environmental group’s case focuses on claims that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission improperly determined there was a “need” for a St. Louis-area natural gas pipeline.

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Ewire: House climate panel poised to release policy proposals

In today’s Ewire: The committee will unveil its long-awaited policy proposals June 30, while environmentalists are already unveiling political messaging focused on investing in clean energy jobs.

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Harvard study aims to boost case for stricter PM NAAQS

The Harvard study’s finding on the health risks of particulate matter (PM) could help EPA’s critics who oppose the agency’s plan to leave its suite of PM ambient air standards unchanged.

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Ernst Blocks Benevento Nomination For EPA Deputy Chief Over RFS Fears

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) is blocking President Donald Trump’s nomination of Doug Benevento to be EPA deputy administrator over concerns that the agency is considering granting dozens of renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers to biofuel production mandates, making it impossible for the nomination to move forward.

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House Democrats Call On EPA To Halt, Reevaluate PM NAAQS Review

Updated at 4:50 p.m. EST - House Democrats are calling on EPA to halt its pending rulemaking that would retain the agency’s existing suite of particulate matter (PM) ambient air limits, urging EPA to instead reevaluate the decision following the recommendations of former agency science advisers who support tougher PM limits to adequately protect public health.

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CARB Approves Landmark ZEV Truck Sales Rule With Other States’ Backing

California has approved a landmark rule requiring medium- and heavy-duty truck makers for the first time to sell a minimum number of zero-emission models starting in 2024, with support from Northeastern state officials but continued opposition from major truck manufacturers.

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D.C. Joins Several States In Pressing Climate Fraud Suits Against Oil Firms

The District of Columbia is launching a climate change fraud suit against major oil companies in D.C. Superior Court, joining a handful of states in filing similar litigation, as well as a series of climate “nuisance” suits brought mostly by local governments.

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Forest Service backs tree clearing in coal mine NEPA dispute

The long-running litigation concerns a National Environmental Policy Act review for constructing a coal mine expansion in a protected wilderness area in Colorado.

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