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House Approves FY20 Limits On Trump EPA, Though Next Steps Unclear

House Democrats have approved fiscal year 2020 spending legislation for EPA and other agencies that includes numerous provisions blocking Trump administration environmental rollbacks, though it is far from clear whether the provisions will survive negotiations with the GOP-controlled Senate and the White House.

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Bipartisan House group urges restart of vehicle GHG talks

“There is a commonsense solution here that both parties can embrace, and that Washington and California can endorse,” the four House lawmakers write.

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D.C. Circuit Rejects Valero’s Suit Aiming To Force Review Of RFS’ Impacts

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected refiner Valero’s suit alleging EPA failed to meet a statutory mandate to conduct periodic reviews of the renewable fuel standard’s (RFS) impacts on the sector, finding a 2017 agency statement that it met review mandates is not a final action subject to judicial review.

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Otsego seeks appeal of FERC’s NEPA ruling

The group is asking an appellate court to reconsider its dismissal of their challenge, arguing it has standing because it had to spend significant resources to determine the GHG impacts of the New Market pipeline.

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Hearing Shows Battle To Win Debate On Effects Of Trump Vehicle Plan

Last week’s House oversight hearing on the Trump administration’s planned rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules is underscoring that supporters and detractors of the policy are locked in an ongoing substantive and political battle over the rule’s environmental, safety and economic effects.

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D.C. Circuit sets argument in Trump EPA vehicle ‘finding’ case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has scheduled Sept. 6 oral arguments in states’ challenge to the Trump EPA’s formal finding that it must weaken its auto greenhouse gas rules.

 

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21 House Republicans oppose blocking GHG risk finding

The June 20 vote on the House floor appears to be the largest public show of support from Hill Republicans for EPA’s 2009 GHG endangerment finding -- which forms the basis of all of the agency’s climate rules.

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Trump directs EPA to reconsider RFS small refiner waiver policy

EPA appears to be poised to issue fewer renewable fuel standard waivers for small refiners, pushing up refiners’ compliance costs but pleasing President Donald Trump’s rural political supporters.

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California, Autos Mull Steps To Manage Aftermath Of GHG Rule Rollback

California’s top air regulator says she is meeting with automakers about how the state would manage potential regulatory confusion if the Trump administration finalizes its plan to scrap existing vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, resulting in a protracted legal battle.

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Draft CEQ NEPA Climate Guide Proposes Limited GHG Reviews, No SCC

White House officials are proposing a long-awaited guidance for how agencies should consider greenhouse gases when they conduct National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, a significantly pared back version of an Obama-era guide that limits the scope of review and does not direct agencies to monetize emissions using the social cost of carbon (SCC) or any similar tool.

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