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Agriculture sector petitions EPA for crop carbon neutrality rule

The Biogenic CO2 Coalition, which includes multiple agriculture sector trade groups, is formally calling for a rule that would declare crop residues carbon neutral under Clean Air Act permits.

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EPA Eyes Greater Use Of Remote Compliance Monitoring Post-Pandemic

EPA is eyeing the expansion of remote video tools for environmental compliance monitoring, signaling it plans to apply the tools that it is piloting in states now due to limits on in-person inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic even after the pandemic ends, according to EPA and state officials.

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EPA Defends ‘Implicit’ Authority To Scrap California Auto GHG Waiver

The Justice Department (DOJ) is rebutting critics’ claims that EPA and the Transportation Department unlawfully preempted state vehicle greenhouse gas programs, arguing EPA has "implicit” authority to revoke California’s preemption waiver, and that there are not sufficient "reliance interests” to block the move.

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Barrasso, Carper Announce Bipartisan Deal on EPA HFC Phasedown

Key senators say they have reached a bipartisan deal on legislation requiring EPA to implement a 15-year phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a compromise that could pave the way for enactment of the measure after months of clashing over the climate policy that has also stalled comprehensive energy legislation.

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White House, critics submit final briefs in NEPA rule injunction case

Environmentalists want to block the Trump administration’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule overhaul from taking effect as planned Sept. 14, but the White House says their suit should be dismissed.

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SAB Floats Several Concerns With EPA’s Air Rule Cost-Benefit Proposal

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is floating several concerns with the agency’s proposal to overhaul its cost-benefit review practices for Clean Air Act policies, arguing the agency should potentially broaden the scope of benefits it considers and better justify its proposed criteria for using health studies in cost analyses.

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Oil Sector Files Suit, Petition Urging EPA To Weaken Tanks Air Toxics Rule

Major oil sector groups are suing EPA in a bid to weaken the agency’s national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for liquid storage tanks used at refineries, and they are also petitioning EPA to administratively reconsider the regulation to relax several provisions including a push for easier compliance terms.

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Corps, tribes at odds over next steps for Dakota oil pipeline

Tribes and environmentalists opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline are asking a district judge to issue an injunction on continued operations while the Corps of Engineers completes an environmental review.

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EPA poised to formally publish oil and gas methane ‘policy’ rule

The regulation, which scraps direct methane limits for sources in the oil and gas sector, is scheduled to be published Sept. 14 in the Federal Register, marking the starting gun for lawsuits on the rule.

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NHTSA Opposes Push To Stay Trailer Regulation Ahead Of Oral Argument

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is continuing its legal defense of Obama-era rules imposing fuel economy limits on trailers connected to long-haul trucks, urging a federal appeals court to reject industry’s recent request to stay the rule -- slated to take effect in January -- ahead of oral argument in the long-running suit.

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