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Final EPA iron foundries air toxics rule relaxes emissions controls

The final version of the rule slightly eases air toxics emissions standards for iron and steel foundries compared to the earlier proposed version.

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Legal filings detail criticisms of Obama BLM methane rule

Four GOP-led states and industry groups are backing the Trump administration’s call for a district court to vacate the Bureau of Land Management’s 2016 rule limiting methane from oil and gas operations on federal land.

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MATS Final Rule Extends Deadline For Shift To Single Reporting System

EPA has issued a final rule extending by more than three years the deadline for electric utilities to comply with its requirement for a single “streamlined” electronic compliance reporting system for the mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) for power plants.

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Trump extends drilling moratorium off Florida coast

President Donald Trump is unilaterally extending an existing offshore drilling moratorium in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico until 2032, while imposing a similar pause in the South Atlantic.

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Small Refiners’ High Court RFS Suit May Further Delay EPA Waiver Action

Small refiners are asking the Supreme Court to hear their appeal of a ruling that blocks EPA from issuing renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers to some companies, a request that may further delay the agency’s decision on whether to grant or deny almost 100 pending requests for waivers from RFS fuel production targets.

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D.C. Circuit sets panel for ACE suit; parties spar on argument length

Two Obama appointees and one Trump appointee on the appeals court will hear Oct. 8 arguments in litigation challenging EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy power sector greenhouse gas rule.

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EPA Argues California ‘Non-Road’ Air Waiver Justified Despite SAFE Rule

EPA is arguing that an Obama-era Clean Air Act (CAA) preemption waiver allowing California to implement stricter emissions rules for “non-road” diesel engines was “well-reasoned” and should be upheld, rebutting industry claims that the agency’s withdrawal of the state’s vehicle greenhouse gas rule waiver supports rescinding the off-road waiver.

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EPA reaches deal with Indiana utility to end NSR enforcement action

The agreement between EPA and the Indiana utility marks the end of a long-standing enforcement action involving new source review (NSR) and other air permit infractions.

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Ruling Adds To Pressure On EPA, Pennsylvania For Stricter Ozone Limits

A recent federal appeals court ruling faulting Pennsylvania’s plan for cutting power plant ozone-forming emissions as too weak adds to pressure on the state to impose stricter air pollution limits on utilities and for EPA to grant a petition by Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to also mandate the tougher emission controls, state air officials say.

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Environmentalists Grapple With Possible CRA Attacks On Trump Rules

Environmental groups are grappling with the extent to which they should support using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn Trump administration environmental rollbacks, despite multiple recent calls to deploy the law to undo such deregulatory actions if Democrats sweep the Nov. 3 elections.

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