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Climate Policy Watch

Draft EPA Plan Seeks Sharp Limits On EAB, Sparking Litigation Warning

A draft plan circulating within EPA would sharply curtail the role of the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) in a bid to speed permit reviews -- including possible elimination of the current administrative appeals process -- prompting warnings from critics that it could backfire by scaling back EAB’s role in building an administrative record that EPA can use to defend permits in court.

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Trump Environment Rebranding Shows Political Defense, Climate Split

President Donald Trump’s recent attempt to tout his environmental record is showcasing his administration’s awkward scramble on climate change, as he continues to slam the Paris Agreement as a bad deal and aides alternate between claiming greenhouse gas benefits from rules that roll back protections and switching the subject.

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Refiners warn EPA against sharing RFS trade-secret data with USDA

Small refiners say it would be unlawful for EPA to share any confidential business information with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on their request for renewable fuel standard waivers.

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Carper, Markey introduce ‘green’ highway bill

The bill would require the Transportation Department to develop standards for states to decrease transportation greenhouse gas emissions and per-capita vehicle miles traveled (VMT).

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Biofuels Producers Urge D.C. Circuit To Rehear Dismissed RFS Waiver Suit

Biofuels groups are petitioning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reconsider its ruling that rejected their suit challenging EPA’s policy for granting small refiners’ requests for waivers from renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuels blending obligations, claiming the court erred by dismissing the case on procedural grounds.

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Environmentalists seek more time to comment on CEQ GHG guide

A coalition of environmental and public interest groups want the White House to extend the comment deadline by two months on its draft National Environmental Policy Act climate guidance.

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CARB, EPA On Similar Schedule For Low-NOx Truck Plan But Clashes Remain

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA appear to be on a similar schedule for proposing new rules governing low-nitrogen oxide (NOx) limits for heavy-duty trucks though the two agencies are at odds over when to finalize any new rules and how stringently -- and quickly -- to implement them, creating uncertainty for the industry.

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NRECA Seeks To Replace UARG In Air Rule Lawsuit, Drawing Opposition

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is asking an appeals court to allow it to replace the now-defunct Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) in litigation over EPA’s cross-state air pollution rule (CSAPR), drawing opposition from Democratic-led states involved in the case.

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BlueGreen’s GHG Plan Adds Details But Labor Unions Remain Divided

The BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of labor and environmental groups, has unveiled an ambitious climate change platform that includes more details than what was included in Democrats’ Green New Deal (GND), though the measure continues to divide coal-sector and other groups over who aggressively to limit emissions

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Hill Democrats float ‘climate emergency’ resolution

The proposed resolution says climate change “demands a national, social, industrial and economic mobilization of the resources and labor of the United States at a massive scale.”

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