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Shell Urges Congress To Pass CRA Repeal Of Trump EPA Methane Rule

The oil giant Shell is ramping up its support for EPA to impose direct methane standards for the industry, urging lawmakers to approve a pending congressional resolution that would rescind the Trump administration’s rule scuttling methane and other emissions controls on oil and gas facilities.

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DOJ Asks Court To Reject Youth Plaintiffs’ Bid To Revive Novel Climate Suit

The Biden administration is asking a federal district court to reject a request by 12 youth plaintiffs to narrow the remedy they are seeking and restart their climate suit -- which alleges the government has violated their constitutional rights by promoting fossil fuel use -- arguing the court must abide by an appellate decision that the plaintiffs lack standing.

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Environmentalists Press EPA For Multipollutant Power Sector Agenda

Major environmental groups are urging President Joe Biden to set a “clear and aggressive schedule” for EPA to curb climate and conventional pollutants from power plants using air, water and waste laws, underscoring the pressures facing the fossil fuel-fired plants regardless of whether Congress enacts clean energy measures.

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In ‘Multipollutant’ Bid, Petition Seeks VOC Rules For Oil & Gas Methane

A coalition of more than 400 environmental groups is petitioning EPA to regulate oil and gas industry emissions of the greenhouse gas methane as a volatile organic compound (VOC) in Clean Air Act permits to curb not only methane but also ozone, part of environmentalists’ growing push for “multipollutant” air rules for specific sectors.

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In Multipollutant Bid, Petition Seeks VOC Rules For Oil & Gas Methane

A coalition of more than 400 environmental groups is petitioning EPA to regulate oil and gas industry emissions of the greenhouse gas methane as a volatile organic compound (VOC) in Clean Air Act permits to curb not only methane but also ozone, part of environmentalists’ growing push for multipollutant air rules for specific sectors.

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D.C. Circuit Vacates Trump Climate Rules On Landfills, GHG Risk Finding

A federal appellate court has vacated two Trump EPA climate change policies that significantly delayed implementation of methane rules for landfills and effectively barred greenhouse gas limits for a host of industrial sectors, opening the door for Biden officials to replace the policies with more-aggressive measures.

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D.C. Circuit Suspends Challenge Against Trump Vehicle GHG Rollback

An appellate court has granted the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to suspend litigation challenging the Trump administration’s rollback of federal vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, clearing the way for EPA and the Transportation Department to craft a proposal for tougher rules.

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In Circuit Split, Court Finds Air Act Preempts NYC Climate Nuisance Suit

In a win for industry groups, a federal appellate court has for the first time upheld a district court decision that a climate nuisance suit brought by a municipality against oil companies belongs in federal, not state, court and is preempted by the Clean Air Act -- creating a federal circuit court split just as the Supreme Court is reviewing the issue.

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Appellate Court Finds Clean Air Act Preempts NYC Climate Nuisance Suit

In a major win for industry groups, a federal appellate court has for the first time upheld a district court decision that a climate nuisance suit brought by a municipality against oil companies is preempted by the Clean Air Act – a decision that comes as the Supreme Court is reviewing another climate nuisance case on procedural grounds.

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EPA, Canada Pledge To ‘Accelerate’ Joint Efforts On Climate Change

With President Joe Biden’s April 22 Climate Leaders Summit approaching, EPA Administrator Michael Regan and Canada’s Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson are pledging to “accelerate” cooperation in three priority areas -- oil and gas methane emissions, transportation pollution and cleaner power -- to address climate change.

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