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Judges Dismiss RFS Waiver Lawsuit But Question ‘Troubling’ EPA Policy

Appellate judges have dismissed on procedural grounds a biofuels group’s challenge to EPA’s policy allowing a major ramping up of renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers, but they are also signaling potential sympathy to the group’s ongoing attacks on the policy that the judges say “paint a troubling picture” of secretive agency law.

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Study Eyes Long-Term Benefit Of ‘Alternative’ Auto Credits In GHG Rule

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are studying whether -- and under what conditions -- the long-term benefits of alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) incentives in EPA’s greenhouse gas rules outweigh the immediate short-term emissions penalty they create by allowing automakers to sell more inefficient trucks.

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EPA Defends ‘Interprecursor’ Trading For Complying With Ozone NAAQS

EPA, backed by California air regulators and industry groups, is defending its policy allowing states to use “interprecursor trading” to reduce emissions and help meet federal ozone standards, part of a broader defense of its contested rule for implementing the 2015 ozone standard that environmentalists claim is unlawfully weak.

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Groups Eye Suit To Enforce Ozone Guide Ahead Of Planned EPA Rollback

Two environmental groups are threatening litigation against EPA to force overdue implementation of control technology guidelines (CTGs) for curbing ozone precursor emissions from oil and gas facilities -- seizing on Obama-era guidelines that remain on the books despite Trump officials’ efforts to repeal them.

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Judges Take Different Tacks In High-Profile NEPA Remedy Rulings

Two judges are taking starkly different tacks when ruling on how to remedy federal agencies’ violations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), highlight the range of legal remedies that are possible under the law as courts sometimes remand decisions to fix violations while in other cases they scrap-- or at least delay -- a project approval.

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Amid Doubts, Acting EPA Air Chief Details Ambitious Deregulatory Agenda

Anne Idsal, EPA’s acting Office of Air & Radiation chief, is detailing an ambitious deregulatory agenda for the coming years including finalizing rollbacks of major Obama-era rules and issuing policies to ease compliance mandates for states and industry, amid observers’ doubts over the content of, and justification for, some of the efforts.

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EPA Staff Defend NAAQS ‘Weight Of Evidence’ From CASAC’s Criticism

Top EPA air policy staff are defending their longstanding “weight of evidence” approach to assessing the risks of air pollution that considers all policy relevant data on emissions’ health impacts to determine causation, fighting criticism from agency advisers who fault the approach for conflating association of pollution and health effects with causation.

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EPA Defends Streamlined NAAQS Reviews, Plans Implementation Change

Acting EPA air chief Anne Idsal is defending the agency’s efforts to “streamline” the process for reviewing its national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone, particulate matter (PM) and other criteria pollutants, and noting EPA is also looking at a “significant change” in how states implement its ambient air limits.

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Parties Fight Over Venue For Suit On Preemption Of California Auto Rules

The battle over the proper venue for litigating the Trump administration’s rule preempting California’s vehicle greenhouse gas program is heating up, with the government recently arguing federal district courts lack jurisdiction to hear lawsuits brought by states and environmentalists.

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Bipartisan Senate climate caucus adds six members

New caucus members include Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Angus King (I-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO).

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