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EPA proposes to partially approve California landfill methane plan

EPA faces a court-ordered Sept. 6 deadline to take final action on California and four other states’ compliance plans for the rule, even as it is crafting a separate proposal to significant extend several deadlines in the rule.

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Senate Panel Speeds Action On Highway Bill With Landmark Climate Title

The Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee is accelerating its plan to advance a bipartisan transportation funding bill with a first-ever climate change title along with permit streamlining provisions, moving up its planned markup from Aug. 1 to July 30, just one day after the bill was introduced.

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Environmentalists’ Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Ozone ‘Interprecursor Trading’

Environmentalists are challenging EPA’s regulations allowing industrial pollution sources to trade in different ozone precursor chemicals, a facet of the agency’s efforts to ease implementation of federal ozone standards but which environmental groups claim undermines necessary emission reductions.

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Court sets EPA deadline for New York 126 petition

A federal judges’ order for EPA to finalize its proposed rejection of New York’s ozone petition sets the stage for likely litigation after mid-September.

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Auto Deal Curbs CO2 Gains To Keep Push On Low-Carbon Technology

California’s agreement with four major automakers on vehicle fuel economy appears to significantly reduce environmental gains compared to current, Obama-era rules but would extend policies -- including generous credits for electric vehicles (EVs) -- that prod continued advancement in low-carbon vehicle technologies, observers say.

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Rejecting CASAC, EPA Curbs NAAQS Reviews To Meet Speedy Schedule

Rejecting calls from EPA’s science advisors, Administrator Andrew Wheeler has announced plans to scale back the advisors’ planned review of its particulate matter (PM) and ozone standards in order to meet an accelerated review schedule, intensifying criticism that the agency is artificially rushing the reviews to maintain or weaken the standards.

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Ratings firm Moody’s boosts climate risk analysis

The credit ratings agency has acquired a controlling share of Four Twenty Seven, which provides data and analysis on the physical risks of climate change to corporations.

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Senate Highway Bill To Include Funds For GHG Cuts, Permit Streamlining

A bipartisan highway funding bill to be introduced in the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee on July 29 will include new funding for discretionary projects that reduce highway greenhouse gas emissions, one of several measures in the bill to lower emissions in the transport sector, which is now the country’s largest share of GHGs.

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Democrats Seek Political Middle Ground At Hearing On ‘Deep’ GHG Cuts

Top House Democrats are defending a technology-neutral approach to achieving “deep” carbon reductions throughout the economy even though some climate advocates question key low-carbon options, while the lawmakers are also rejecting the notion that an “innovation” agenda favored by the GOP is sufficient.

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California-Auto GHG Deal Boosts Pressure On White House, Industry

California’s deal with four major automakers setting vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, which tracks closely with industry’s requested changes to the current rules, is increasing pressure on other auto companies and the White House to abandon their aggressive rollback plans and embrace a compromise.

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