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Environmentalists To Appeal Adverse NEPA Climate Oil & Gas Lease Ruling

Environmentalists are planning to appeal a federal district court ruling upholding the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review for three oil and gas lease sales in New Mexico that failed to address their climate change and other concerns, arguing the decision is at odds with other NEPA rulings in resource-heavy Western states.

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DOJ environment chief Clark to lead department’s civil division

Jeffrey Clark, who has been serving as the chief of the Justice Department’s Environment & Natural Resources Division, will soon take over the department’s civil litigation division.

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D.C. Circuit denies request for separate ‘electricity fuel’ RFS suit

Biogas fuel producers unsuccessfully asked the court to sever their challenge over generation of electricity for transportation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from a consolidated RFS suit.

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Critics Flag Net Costs As Potential Risk To EPA Oil & Gas Methane Rule

Critics of the Trump EPA’s decision to drop oil and gas sector methane emissions rules are citing the agency’s own cost-benefit analysis of the regulation as creating a possible legal vulnerability for the policy, because agency officials estimate the action could result in overall net costs to the public.

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U.S. Forest Service floats scrapping oil & gas NEPA reviews

The agency is proposing to eliminate a requirement that it analyze oil and gas leasing plans in national forests that were previously approved by the Bureau of Land Management.

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Industry Groups Defend EPA’s Plan To Retain Obama-Era Ozone NAAQS

Groups representing the oil, manufacturing and other sectors are strongly defending EPA’s plan to leave unchanged the Obama-era national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone, citing “dramatic” improvements in air quality in recent years and a need to give industry and states regulatory certainty over NAAQS compliance and costs.

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EPA sends international emissions air waiver guidance for OMB review

The agency’s guidance will detail how states can avoid being placed in more-severe nonattainment with federal air standards by showing they would meet the limits “but for” emissions from overseas sources.

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Environmentalists, Health Advocates Press EPA For Stricter Ozone NAAQS

Environmental and public health groups in Aug. 31 public testimony pressed EPA to scrap its proposal to retain current ozone standards and to instead pursue tougher limits, saying the agency is ignoring key science and rushing its review of the limits while also linking the need for stricter standards to social equity and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Weeks Before Argument, Trailer Makers Seek To Stay Fuel Economy Rule

Trailer manufacturers in an unusual 11th-hour request are urging an appellate court slated to soon hear oral argument in their challenge of Obama-era greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules to stay the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) portion of the trailer regulation.

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2nd Circuit Vacates NHTSA Rule Reversing Fuel Economy Penalty Hike

A federal appeals court is vacating the Trump administration’s effort to reduce Obama-era penalties for violating fuel economy standards, handing states and environmentalists another victory on the issue even as lawsuits over EPA and Transportation Department rollbacks of federal and state vehicle rules remain pending.

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