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Senators float bill to support RGGI, other regional programs

Backed by a bipartisan group of Northeast senators, the bill would create an office within EPA to provide technical support and grants for states to join existing or current programs.

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Critics Fear CEQ NEPA Overhaul Could Erase Decades Of Legal Precedent

The White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) forthcoming proposal to streamline how agencies conduct National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews of major federal actions could seek to erase decades of legal precedent concerning how such reviews should be conducted and open the door to rounds of new litigation, critics say.

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EV, utility groups seek to back states’ auto GHG suit

The National Coalition for Advanced Transportation (NCAT) is supporting states and environmental groups’ challenge to the Trump administration’s rule preempting states’ vehicle greenhouse gas rules.

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Upcoming CASAC Meeting Likely To Exacerbate Fight Over Ozone NAAQS

An upcoming meeting of EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) is likely to exacerbate a contentious fight among panel members over the agency’s approach for reviewing its ozone air standard, with deep divisions over the merits of EPA’s “weight of evidence” method for assessing ozone’s health impacts.

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States, Allies Continue Venue Fight In Suits Over Auto GHG Preemption

States, environmental groups and local air officials are pushing back against Trump administration claims that litigation over Trump’s preemption of state vehicle emission rules belongs in appellate court, highlighting the legal downsides to the government’s strategy of severing the preemption action from a plan to weaken federal standards.

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EPA proposes to strengthen Texas SO2 trading program

The agency is proposing measures to ensure emissions limits in a Texas sulfur dioxide emissions trading program are not exceeded, but still proposing to approve the overall trading plan.

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House, Senate Democrats float bill to phase out current RFS

The legislation aims to end EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) in its current form, and revise the program as a narrow policy to bolster some advanced biofuels instead of corn ethanol.

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Upcoming House Bill To Prod Agency Focus On 2050 GHG Target

Over 100 House Democrats are poised to formally endorse legislation setting a national goal of a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050 and urging federal agencies to take early steps to meet that target using existing authority, part of an effort to craft a broad legislative agenda and mobilize advocacy around climate policy.

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CASAC’s Majority Formally Rejects EPA Staff Call For Stricter PM2.5 NAAQS

Most members of a divided EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) are rejecting an EPA staff policy paper that called for tightening the annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) ambient air limit to protect human health, with the majority instead saying the existing limit is sufficiently protective of the public.

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EPA pushes to consolidate RFS waiver suits in D.C. Circuit

The agency in previous lawsuits argued that regional appellate courts should hear suits over renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers, not the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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