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GAO grants request to review EPA’s RFS waivers

The Government Accountability Office is granting a request from a bipartisan group of 12 House lawmakers to evaluate EPA’s controversial issuance of renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers.

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NEPA Fight Starts On Trump’s Plan To Curb ‘Effects’ Agencies Must Review

The fight over the Trump administration’s plan to scale back implementing rules for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is kicking into gear, with the proposal’s narrower definition of the “effects” agencies must consider in environmental reviews of major projects emerging as a significant early battleground.

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New York declines to appeal ruling in Exxon fraud suit

Despite not pursuing an appeal of the trial court loss, state Attorney General (AG) Letitia James (D) says the trial was the “first time in history” that Exxon was forced to publicly answer for its climate messaging.

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Draft EPA Guidance Details Hurdles For Foreign Emissions NAAQS Waiver

EPA in new draft guidance is detailing hurdles states face in successfully filing Clean Air Act requests for the agency to ease their implementation of federal air standards by blaming emissions from foreign sources for their failure to attain the limits, in particular making it difficult to cite pollution from Asia to justify reduced compliance mandates.

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PFAS Bill Clears House In Bipartisan Vote But Still Faces GOP Obstacles

With the support of two dozen Republicans, the House has approved legislation that would regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in air, water and other media, though the bill continues to face stiff opposition from top congressional Republicans and the White House, stymieing its future prospects.

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Governors voice unease on Northeast climate transport plan

“I simply cannot support proposals that will make things more expensive for them,” said Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R), regarding rural residents who lack transportation options besides driving.

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4th Circuit rejection of air permit creates new hurdle for Atlantic pipeline

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in a new air permit ruling creates a fresh hurdle for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline intended to bring fracked natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina.

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D.C. Circuit severs suit over EPA ethanol policy from E15 challenge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is separating litigation over EPA’s ‘Tier 3’ fuel rule from suits over the agency’s approval for year-round sale of 15-percent ethanol fuel (E15).

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House members float companion to Senate bill limiting HFCs

A bipartisan group of four House members is backing the legislation, which is scheduled to receive a hearing in the Energy & Commerce Committee next week.

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Aiming To Speed Reviews, White House Seeks To Curb NEPA’s Reach

White House officials are proposing a sweeping overhaul to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing rules, with the plan scaling back the reach of environmental reviews under the law in an effort to speed major infrastructure projects and other federal actions.

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