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Briefing concludes in long-running trailer GHG rule litigation

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral argument in the long-running case Sept. 15.

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Fearing Weak EPA Defense, States And Utilities Intervene To Protect MATS

Electric utilities and 16 mainly Democratic-led states are seeking to intervene in a coal company’s suit challenging the Obama EPA’s mercury and air toxics standards (MATS), aiming to defend the agency’s landmark air toxics policy and fearing the Trump administration will not “zealously” defend the rule because of its deregulatory agenda.

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Democrats Tout Infrastructure Bill With Major Environment Provisions

House Democrats are formally introducing a sweeping $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that includes numerous environmental and clean energy provisions, including a mandate to factor greenhouse gas emissions into transportation planning, extend clean energy tax credits and study whether EPA data could be used to impose future carbon fees.

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Carbon Pricing Backers Embrace FERC Conference On State Programs

Carbon pricing supporters are tentatively applauding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) decision to hold a detailed workshop on state pricing programs this fall, even though they caution that the conference might not signal a shift in the GOP-controlled panel’s approach to power sector climate policy.

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DOJ defends decision to announced shelved auto GHG probe

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who has been pressing the department on the issue, says he is unsatisfied by the explanation and is pushing House lawmakers to raise the issue at a hearing this week.

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DOJ defends since-shelved auto GHG antitrust probe

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who has been pressing the department on the issue, says he is unsatisfied by the explanation and is pushing House lawmakers to raise the issue at a hearing this week.

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EPA Extends SSM Air Waiver To Iowa But Denies National Policy Change

EPA is proposing to add Iowa to the list of states that can offer companies Clean Air Act regulatory waivers for excess pollution during periods of facility startup, shutdown or malfunction (SSM), but the agency continues to deny it is making a national policy change on SSM that would be subject a key federal appeals court’s review.

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Colorado Halts ‘Illegal’ Forest Clearing For Coal Mine Amid Federal Inaction

Colorado officials have halted what environmentalists say is illegal forest clearing by a coal company for a controversial mine expansion project, with the company pressing ahead even though a federal appeals court overturned its approval for the work due to a flawed environmental review.

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Court sets schedule in suit over EPA existing source methane rule

The development in the lawsuit comes even though Trump officials in the coming weeks appear poised to complete a regulation that would undercut the legal basis for such oil and gas rules.

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Despite EPA Rollback, California Will Retain Strict Wood Stove Air Policy

California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) is warning retailers of residential wood heaters that the state intends to enforce a prohibition on sales of heaters that fail to meet stringent EPA emissions standards that went into effect May 15, despite an agency proposal to provide more time for retailers to sell their non-compliant stock.

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