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Judge slows Trump suit over California cap & trade program

A district court judge last month rejected two Justice Department (DOJ) claims that California’s decision to link its program to Quebec is unconstitutional, though DOJ is mulling how to proceed with its case.

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D.C. Circuit Vacates EPA ‘Guide’ Suspending Obama HFC Restrictions

Appellate judges in a split panel ruling have vacated a Trump EPA “guidance” that sought to suspend an Obama-era rule barring replacement of refrigerants with climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), agreeing with environmentalists and states that the agency unlawfully adopted the policy without notice-and-comment procedures.

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Clash On HFC Phasedown Continues In Written Testimony To Senate EPW

Written testimony submitted to the Senate environment committee is underscoring continuing splits over bipartisan legislation to phase down climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), including between industries that favor the measure and those who oppose it or want Congress to block states from issuing tougher restrictions.

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Minnesota delays vehicle GHG rule in wake of coronavirus

The state is still planning to complete a rule this year adopting California’s vehicle greenhouse gas standards, offering a formal rebuke to the Trump administration’s effort to preempt such programs.

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Conservative Group Draws Fire For Shifted Stance On Vehicle GHG Rule

A conservative advocacy group is reversing its prior criticism of the Trump administration’s vehicle greenhouse gas standards rollback, and is now touting the rule as a “major victory” by selectively citing cost savings while avoiding the administration’s own estimates that the rule may spur up to $22 billion in net costs on the economy.

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EPA Fights Refiner Push For High Court To Review RFS Compliance ‘Point’

EPA is fighting refiners’ bid for the Supreme Court to review EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance mechanism, arguing that a 2017 rulemaking, upheld by a federal appeals court, satisfies the agency’s Clean Air Act duty to consider which entities must demonstrate compliance with the RFS’ mandates for biofuel blending.

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EPA Joins Calls For FERC To More Closely Scrutinize Amended Pipeline

EPA Region 3 is joining environmentalists and state officials in urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to more closely scrutinize the environmental effects of a developer’s plan to bifurcate a proposed natural gas pipeline in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Pandemic slows suit over state vehicle GHG programs

Opponents of the administration’s September rule preempting state vehicle greenhouse gas programs are seeking at least a 21-day extension of a proposed deadline for their opening briefs, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Refiners, Barrasso Urge 10th Circuit Rehearing Of RFS Waivers Ruling

The refining sector, backed by the state of Wyoming and Senate environment committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), is urging a federal appeals court to grant rehearing of its landmark decision striking down compliance waivers granted to small refiners for renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending obligations.

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UARG attorneys join new law firm

Three attorneys that represented the now-defunct Utility Air Regulatory Group are leaving the law firm that had long represented the group, and they are joining the firm McGuireWoods.

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