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Environmentalists oppose pause of methane NSPS

More than 60 environmental and other groups urge Pruitt to “adhere to the rule's deadlines and not attempt to stay the leak detection and repair provisions.”

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EPA's CCS Injection Proposal Boosts Pressure On California To 'Align' Rules

EPA's recent proposal to approve North Dakota as the first state to permit carbon capture and storage (CCS) injection wells is putting renewed pressure on California to “align” its pending rules for how CCS projects can earn lucrative carbon credits with the agency's permitting program, supporters of the technology say.

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Trump urged to depart Paris climate deal due to 'risk' of EPA rules

Republican senators warn Trump that staying in the agreement would create “significant legal risk” that EPA would be forced to aggressively regulate GHGs and “could upend your Administration's ability to fulfill its goal of rescinding the Clean Power Plan.”

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EPA advances proposal to delay methane NSPS requirements

OMB is reviewing an EPA proposal to stay “certain requirements” of its oil and gas methane rule, but a second measure that suggested review of a broader stay disappeared from the office's regulatory review docket.

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Bipartisan Senators Float Bill To 'Harmonize' EPA, DOT Vehicle Programs

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation to harmonize aspects of the Department of Transportation's fuel economy program with EPA's vehicle greenhouse gas program, a bill that reflects efforts automakers have long sought but which is already sparking fierce blowback from environmental and consumer advocates.

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Court grants EPA request to further stay refrigerant handling suit

A federal appellate court has put the case on hold “pending further order of the court,” after EPA said it would seek an agreement among parties to resolve some or all of the issues.

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Biofuels Supporters Pitch 2018 RFS Goals To Trump EPA, OMB Officials

Biofuels makers and retailers in recent meetings with EPA and White House officials pitched their policy goals for the agency's pending 2018 renewable fuel standard (RFS) targets, including boosting advanced biofuels blending and opposing calls to shift the "point of obligation" compliance burden under the program.

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Pruitt Hedges On Future Utility GHG Rules Even As EPA Readies CPP Repeal

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is continuing to hedge about whether and how precisely the agency plans to address greenhouse gases (GHG) from existing power plants after it rescinds the Clean Power Plan (CPP), even as reports indicate the agency is poised to float a plan for repealing the Obama-era rule.

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Appliance Group Warns EPA Against 'Broad Reconsideration' Of HFC Limits

As EPA is gathering input on which regulations it should scrap or significantly revise, a major commercial appliance industry group is urging the agency to maintain its rules limiting hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, requesting only targeted changes to some of the deadlines.

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Budget Plan Severely Limits EPA Climate Work With No Sign Of Expansion

The Trump White House's fiscal year 2018 budget proposal calls for steep cuts to EPA's climate change policy and research, limiting the agency's climate work to greenhouse gas reporting and some existing GHG regulations while signaling that the agency does not intend to strengthen the climate programs it does maintain.

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