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Environmentalists seek stay of revised EPA oil and gas NSPS

Almost a dozen environmental groups are urging an appellate court to stay part of EPA’s “reconsideration rule” that weakened or eliminated several air mandates for new oil and gas facilities.

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Biden-Aligned Group Floats Options For EPA To Boost Clean Power

A group of clean energy backers who supported Joe Biden’s presidential bid is floating a compendium of policy options for the Biden administration and Congress, including specific permit policies and analysis EPA might undertake to spur development of clean energy separately from revisions to power plant greenhouse gas rules.

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SAB Moves Closer To Support For EPA’s Revised Cost-Benefit Guidelines

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is moving closer to supporting the agency’s revised guidelines on counting the costs and benefits of rules with a draft review of the plan that includes caveats on the “discount” rate and other issues, while readying a mildly critical review of a separate report on EPA’s use of “reduced-form” air quality models.

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Industry seeks to intervene in suit over CEQ NEPA rule

Multiple major industry trade associations are asking to join intervene in a lawsuit to defend the Trump administration’s rule significantly curbing the reach of the National Environmental Policy Act.

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EPA to formally find states’ delay over oil & gas air plans

The agency is determining that five states failed to submit plans for implementing Obama-era control techniques guidelines for curbing emissions of ozone precursors from oil and gas facilities.

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Environmentalists float early arguments in plywood air rule suit

The incoming Biden administration may opt to tighten EPA’s air toxics rule for the plywood manufacturing sector, or stop defending it in court.

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Cruden backs embedding DOJ attorneys at EPA for climate rules

A group of environmental policy experts is urging the Justice Department to detail attorneys to EPA for major climate rules, a step Obama DOJ environment chief John Cruden says he took for the Clean Power Plan.

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Maryland, Environmentalists Press For Tougher Interstate Ozone Curbs

Maryland officials and environmental groups are pressing EPA to toughen its interstate ozone pollution efforts, praising a planned tightening of state nitrogen oxides (NOx) caps under a landmark emissions trading program while also urging the agency to craft daily limits to prevent short-term ozone spikes as well as target vehicles and other industrial sources.

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Experts Urge Biden To Shift EPA Enforcement To Climate-Focused Agenda

Environmental policy experts are urging the incoming Biden administration to restructure EPA’s enforcement office to step up actions on conventional pollution violations as a way to help address climate change, while also rescinding Trump-era policies at the Justice Department (DOJ) that limit settlement tools.

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Utilities, boiler operators fault EPA air pollution cost control estimates

Power companies and industrial boiler operators say the agency must revise its draft update to air pollution cost control estimates, in order to account for the true costs of installing controls.

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