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EPA plan to broadly overhaul oil & gas methane limits goes to OMB

The proposal is widely expected to drop direct methane limits on new oil and gas sources, relieving EPA from its current obligation to eventually regulate existing sources in the sector.

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Maryland Asks OTC To Back Strict EPA Utility NOx Limits For Pennsylvania

WILMINGTON, DE -- Maryland is petitioning the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) to back its push for EPA to impose strict nitrogen oxide (NOx) limits on power plants in Pennsylvania, another OTC member, charging they hinder its ability to attain EPA ozone standards, though even if OTC agrees, it is unlikely the agency will grant it.

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BLM Critics Cite EPA Policy, SCC In Bid To Vacate Methane Rule Rollback

Critics of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) repeal of an Obama-era rule to limit “wasted” methane from oil and gas operations on public lands are urging a district court to vacate it, saying the rule unlawfully relies on a flawed cost of carbon estimate and is wrongly justified based on a related EPA policy.

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House panel sets hearing on vehicle GHG rollback

A pair of House Energy & Commerce subcommittees will hold a June 20 hearing to examine the Trump administration’s vehicle GHG and fuel economy rollback, signaling ramped up oversight of the measure.

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Environmentalists prepare to challenge final ACE rule

EPA could finalize its Affordable Clean Energy rule to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan as soon as next week, and environmentalists are previewing a range of legal criticisms of the measure.

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AGs urge BLM to redo coal leasing program NEPA review

Attorneys general for California, New York, New Mexico and Washington charge that Trump officials conducted a “rushed” assessment of its decision to lift an Obama-era coal lease moratorium.

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At Odds With EPA, Texas Renews Bid To Designate NAAQS Attainment Areas

Texas is reiterating its claim that it has authority under the Clean Air Act to designate areas as meeting EPA’s six national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), contradicting the agency’s view in a new legal filing even as the state seeks to defend EPA’s designation that the El Paso area is in attainment with the 2015 ozone NAAQS.

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IRS faces senators’ call for data on validity of coal tax credits

Three Democratic senators are pressing the IRS for data justifying its substantial tax break for producers of refined coal, fearing that companies are abusing the credit.

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After Two Years, Report Finds Trump Yet To Win Climate Rollback In Court

The Trump administration has not successfully defended any climate deregulatory effort in court during its first two years, a new report finds, even though EPA and other agencies have been able to delay implementation of some rules and are poised to complete several major rollbacks in the coming months that will spur additional lawsuits.

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Refiners rush to file first suit over EPA’s E15 fuel sales waiver

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers suit, likely the first of several that critics are expected to file, comes one day before the president is slated to tout the rule in Iowa.

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