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Deregulatory Advocate Faults Vehicle Rollback For Undercutting Federalism

A prominent deregulatory advocate says the Trump administration's plan to roll back vehicle greenhouse gas limits and undo California's Clean Air Act power to set stricter standards undermines its professed support for “cooperative federalism,” and warns that scrapping the state's zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales mandate is legally “vulnerable.”

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EPA Sharply Questioned NHTSA's Safety Claims In Vehicle GHG Rollback

EPA staff strongly pushed back against modeling used to tout the safety and other benefits of the Trump administration's proposal to roll back vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards, generating alternative findings that the plan could result in a loss of benefits to the public and even cause a small increase in highway deaths.

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EPA Fights Sierra Club's Push For Strict Deadlines To Complete RFS Study

EPA is fighting Sierra Club's call for a federal district court to set a Dec. 31 deadline for the agency to complete an overdue study mandated by law on the renewable fuel standard's (RFS) environmental impacts, instead asking the court for more than a year to complete it and to defer a deadline for “follow-up” action to mitigate any adverse impacts.

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Former EPA Staff Urge CEQ To Avoid NEPA Implementing Rule Changes

Former EPA staffers are urging the White House to avoid changing its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing rules, arguing that any changes would spark protracted litigation and that the existing rules can accommodate the Trump administration's goal to offer more efficiency in NEPA reviews of infrastructure projects.

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Refiners Eye Departing If California Seeks To Offset Lost Vehicle GHG Cuts

Some oil refiners are threatening to leave California if the state imposes new greenhouse gas limits on the sector to offset reductions lost as a result of the Trump administration's planned roll back of Obama-era GHG standards for light-duty vehicles, though one source says refiners should await any plan from the Golden State before taking action.

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EPA defends bid to dismiss suit over withdrawn glider rule waiver

EPA is fighting an attempt by environmentalists and several states to keep alive litigation over its since-withdrawn waiver on enforcing glider truck emissions standards.

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EPA Downplays Emissions Hike From Auto GHG Plan, But Faces Doubts

The Trump administration is acknowledging its plan to roll back vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards will boost emissions of conventional air pollutants that cause local health effects but argues such increases are modest, even as some are concerned the plan could make it more difficult for some areas to meet national air standards.

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California sets meeting on further ways to curb petroleum GHGs

The state air board's latest action is likely a response to EPA's proposal to roll back Obama-era vehicle GHG standards.

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California deal to mitigate massive methane leak sparks opposition

Lawmakers and environmentalists say the Southern California utility should not be able to fund dairy digester projects hundreds of miles away to mitigate emissions from largest gas leak in nation's history.

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In 'Test,' Environmentalists Urge Wheeler To Break With Pruitt On Key Rules

Environmentalists are urging Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to narrow or scrap a series of proposals that his predecessor Scott Pruitt championed before resigning last month, eyeing the agency’s coming decisions on science policy, climate regulation and other issues as key signs of whether the new acting chief will be “Pruitt 2.0.”

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