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Wheeler meets with CARB's Nichols on vehicle GHGs

The acting EPA chief also reiterated several Trump administration talking points, signaling it intends to press forward with an aggressive rollback and a challenge to California's regulatory authority.

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Environmentalists Seek To Uphold Broad Pipeline NEPA GHG Precedent

Environmental groups are seeking to persuade a key appellate court to re-confirm its landmark 2017 ruling requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to consider upstream and downstream greenhouse gas impacts of natural gas pipeline projects, though FERC is trying to limit the precedent by arguing such reviews are unnecessary if the end users of the gas are not known.

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California Backs Sweeping PM NAAQS Attainment Plan But Criticism Persists

California air board officials have adopted a sweeping plan for the San Joaquin Valley to attain four different fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) standards over the next six years, but many environmentalists remain critical and skeptical of the plan in part because it relies on over $4 billion of worth of unidentified "financial incentives."

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EPA Weighing Cost-Benefit, Legal Changes To Revive 'Glider' Truck Relief

EPA has not dropped its efforts to ease rules on manufacturers of “glider” trucks that combine a new chassis with a used drivetrain despite having appeared to put the issue on the back burner, with acting chief Andrew Wheeler telling senators that officials are mulling tweaks to its legal justification and its cost-benefit approach to justify some type of softer limits.

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Top DOJ official to personally argue youth climate case

Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark’s direct involvement in the oral arguments is significant because top officials generally only argue cases of national significance.

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Biofuels Group Calls For EPA Ethanol Volume Hike In RFS 'Reset' Proposal

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) biofuels advocacy group is suggesting EPA use a pending renewable fuel standard (RFS) “reset” rule to increase its annual goal for production of renewable fuel to help promote ethanol, a move RFA says could address an appellate ruling remanding the 2016 goal that was below a statutory target.

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LCV opposes Trump deregulatory chief’s court nomination

But the Republican-controlled Senate will almost certainly approve the nomination of OIRA chief Neomi Rao to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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EPA Reconsiders Use Of EtO IRIS Value In Rules, Drawing Sharp Criticism

EPA appears to be reconsidering whether to continue using a strict Obama-era risk value for ethylene oxide (EtO) for regulatory purposes, a step that appears to bolster a request from the chemical industry but one that is drawing sharp criticism from congressional Democrats, who are urging the agency to “preserve” the value.

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States, environmentalists sue EPA over CSAPR ‘close-out’

Northeast states remain concerned that they will not attain federal ozone standards so they are challenging EPA’s rule to scrap its interstate emissions trading program.

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EPA reschedule utility NSPS hearing, extends comment deadline

EPA will hold a hearing on its coal plant new source performance standards (NSPS) changes on Feb. 14, with public comments on the plan due March 18.

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