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EPA Transportation Chief Promises ‘In-Use’ Focus For Truck NOx Standard

The head of EPA’s transportation office is promising a “laser” focus on “in-use” reductions in nitrogen oxides (NOx) from heavy-duty trucks when the agency develops new standards for the sector next year, suggesting the rule will focus less on new vehicle design standards and more on how vehicles actually perform in practice.

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Inslee Blasts GOP Calls For 'Global' Climate Action, Citing Paris Departure

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), who is running a climate-focused 2020 presidential campaign, is criticizing Republicans for simultaneously highlighting the need for greater global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, especially in developing countries, while also backing President Donald Trump's decision to leave the Paris Agreement.

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New air office deputy draws mixed reactions

Industry officials say Anne Idsal, the the former Region 6 administrator, is someone who can “get it done,” highlighting environmentalists fears that she will help top Trump officials be more effective.

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Lacking Fixes, Oil & Gas Sector Unlikely To Use EPA Penalty Relief Policy

EPA did not address a series of industry concerns when it finalized its audit policy for the oil and gas sector, raising doubts that companies will take advantage of the penalty relief the policy provides for facilities that disclose and address violations, industry sources say.

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Court expedites air act suit despite EPA, industry opposition

The D.C. Circuit will hear a suit on an expedited timetable opposing the agency’s air act “good neighbor” findings despite opposition from EPA and the utility sector.

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Judges Question Whether EPA ‘Once In’ Air Toxics Memo Is ‘Final Action’

Appellate judges, during April 1 oral arguments, questioned whether EPA’s memo rescinding its longstanding “once in, always in” air toxics policy represents “final agency action” subject to judicial review, though they gave no clear indication of how they would rule.

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Roberts' 'Swing' Vote Could Determine Future Of Agency Deference Doctrine

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts' currently unknown position on when courts should defer to EPA and other federal agencies' interpretations of their regulations will largely determine whether and to what degree the current standard remains, according to legal experts.

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Trump reissues permit for Keystone XL pipeline

The move is an apparent attempt to circumvent an adverse federal court ruling that blocked construction due to an inadequate review of the climate effects of the controversial project.

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RFS Market Overhaul Draws Fierce Opposition From Biofuels, Oil Groups

Biofuels groups and some oil sector interests are strongly opposing EPA’s proposed overhaul of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) credit market, as biofuels groups warn it will largely offset the benefits of the agency’s plan to allow higher ethanol fuel blends year-round, while larger oil companies say it will jam the efficient functioning of markets.

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FERC Faces Major Court Risk In Suit Over Broad GHG Reviews For Pipelines

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is considered vulnerable in litigation challenging its policy to avoid considering the upstream and downstream greenhouse gas impacts from most natural gas pipeline projects, with a significant number of groups on both sides joining the suit.

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