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Judge Chides DOJ’s Clark For Downplaying Significance Of NEPA Rule

A federal district judge chided Justice Department (DOJ) environment chief Jeff Clark for downplaying the significance of the Trump administration’s overhaul of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), in a lawsuit where environmentalists are urging the judge to block the revisions from taking effect as scheduled for Sept. 14.

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Critics Fault Major Wheeler Speech For Sidestepping Climate Change

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is drawing criticism from environmentalists, a former top EPA official and others for mostly sidestepping the issue of climate change risks in his major speech on the agency’s 50th anniversary and his vision for its future, instead using climate to attack Democrats’ energy policies.

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Administration Reviewing 50 Major Projects For Environmental Waivers

The Trump administration is reviewing dozens of major infrastructure projects as candidates for winning waivers from key environmental reviews, in response to a controversial executive order from President Donald Trump urging agencies to use their emergency powers to spur economic growth due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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9th Circuit stays mandate in VW emissions tampering suit

The court will delay implementing its June ruling allowing counties to pursue penalties from Volkswagen for its emissions cheating scandal, in order to allow the company to seek Supreme Court review.

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Corps Urges No Immediate Remedy During Appeal Of Dakota Pipeline Ruling

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is arguing against any immediate remedy after a federal district judge found that it violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in approving a waterway crossing for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a decision that the agency is appealing.

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Biomass advocacy group claims new exemption from EPA’s ACE rule

The Biogenic CO2 Coalition is echoing coal industry claims that EPA’s legal finding in its recently completed oil and gas methane rule undercuts the authority for its power plant greenhouse gas rule.

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EPA Appeals Board Rejects Gas Distributors’ Novel Air Permit Challenge

EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has rejected a novel appeal from a Utah gas services company against its agency-imposed air permit, in a potentially precedent-setting dispute testing the boundaries of when an earlier consent decree between EPA and the company might shield some of its equipment from Clean Air Act regulation.

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Coal mining firm seeks to sever, hold in abeyance MATS challenge

Westmoreland Mining wants a federal appeals court to sever and delay its suit over the Obama EPA’s mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) until the court rules in cases over the Trump EPA’s MATS rollback.

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Air Emission Spikes, Cleanup Hazards Linger Following Hurricane Laura

As EPA and local authorities continue to assess the scope of damage from Hurricane Laura, environmentalists expect a long cleanup and recovery period that poses risks to human health and the environment as a result of air emissions spikes from shuttered industrial facilities restarting as well as hazards associated with cleanups.

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EPA Biomass GHG Proposal Delayed Until After Election, ACE Arguments

EPA’s long-awaited proposal expected to declare biomass as a carbon neutral fuel under Clean Air Act permits will not be issued until after the Nov. 3 election in part to avoid undercutting the agency’s defense of its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule power plant climate rule, sources say.

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