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In Latest EPA Loss, 1st Circuit Remands UCS’ Science Advisor Policy Suit

A federal appellate court has found that EPA’s controversial policy barring agency grant recipients from serving as EPA science advisors is unlawful because it skewed representation on the panels toward state and industry representatives, the second court defeat for the controversial policy in the past few weeks.

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Coronavirus response bill prompts clash over green priorities

Senate Republicans charge that Democrats are blocking up a coronavirus economic response bill “unless they get to dust off the Green New Deal.”

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Coronavirus response bill prompts clash over environmental priorities

Senate Republicans charge that Democrats are blocking up a coronavirus economic response bill “unless they get to dust off the Green New Deal.”

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Groups Say Coronavirus Highlights Need For Climate Adaptation, GHG Cuts

Environmental groups and analysts that support more ambitious steps to address climate change are urging the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic to include a broad shift to clean energy, while noting that the public health crisis is underscoring the importance of preparing for climate-related disasters like extreme weather.

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States urge 9th Circuit to reject EPA landfill methane plan delay

States and environmental groups are charging that EPA’s August 2019 rule delaying deadlines in an Obama-era landfill methane rule should not override a prior court order requiring it to implement the standards.

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FERC approves Oregon LNG export terminal

Federal energy regulators’ approval of the Jordan Cove LNG terminal is conditioned on the developer securing the state permits it needs to proceed, and Oregon has objected to the project.

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New York Says EPA Sets ‘Impossibly’ High Bar For Interstate Air Petitions

New York, backed by environmental groups, is telling a federal appeals court that EPA has set an “impossibly high barrier” for states to meet in order to successfully petition the agency to regulate interstate air emissions sources, because the agency’s policy in effect requires the unlikely ability of states to develop regional ozone reduction plans.

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ACE plaintiffs ask court to delay briefing due to virus

Challengers to EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy utility climate rule are seeking an additional three weeks to file their opening brief in the litigation, due to the widespread fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Industries Seek Wide Application Of EPA International Air Emission Waiver

Manufacturing, oil and other industry groups are asking EPA to broadly apply its draft regulatory waiver for international air pollution and include naturally occurring emissions for the first time, seeking an expansive approach for allowing states to claim attainment with federal air standards by discounting air pollution from overseas.

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Environmentalists Ask EPA To Narrow Global Air Pollution NAAQS Waiver

Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and other major environmental groups are asking EPA to narrow the application of its draft guidance that will allow states to demonstrate they would have attained national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) but for air pollution emanating from overseas sources they cannot regulate.

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