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Climate Policy Watch

Congress Omits Major EPA Infrastructure Funding From WRDA Legislation

House and Senate lawmakers have removed language from a conferenced version of water resources legislation that would have authorized billions of dollars in new funding for EPA water infrastructure programs, opting to limit the bill to Army Corps of Engineers provisions and prompting wastewater utilities to call the action a “disservice” to utilities.

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RGGI announces high GHG allowance price at latest auction

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) continues to report relatively high carbon dioxide allowance prices, ahead of Virginia’s participation in the program next year.

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Nissan joins GM in leaving suit over state GHG rules

The move echoed General Motors’ announcement last month that it would no longer back the Trump administration’s revocation of Clean Air Act permission for state vehicle greenhouse gas rules.

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Judge Rejects DOJ Effort To Set Precedent Barring Strict Citizen Suit Deals

A federal district judge is rejecting the Justice Department’s (DOJ) attempt to set a precedent blocking environmental groups from negotiating stricter settlement terms than the department prefers in Clean Air Act (CAA) enforcement cases, even if the groups are pursuing the alleged violation as part of a citizen suit.

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Nichols Seen As EPA Front-Runner, But Confirmation Debate Heats Up

While California air chief Mary Nichols is widely reported to be the front-runner to helm the Biden EPA, there are divergent views on her confirmation prospects in a GOP-controlled Senate, with climate rule opponents claiming she faces an uphill fight while others cite her deep resume and record of working with industry.

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Biden taps Deese to chair National Economic Council

Brian Deese, a former economic and climate adviser under the Obama administration, currently serves as a sustainable investing official with the financial giant BlackRock.

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DOE Finalizes Controversial Rule Exempting LNG Projects From NEPA

The Department of Energy (DOE) is completing a controversial rule that will categorically exclude liquified natural gas (LNG) export approvals from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review, a measure that might face a legal challenge depending on how the incoming Biden administration addresses the policy.

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EPA sends draft final aircraft GHG rule for White House review

If the agency does not publish the final rule before President Donald Trump leaves office, the incoming Biden administration might drop the policy and instead pursue stricter aircraft greenhouse gas standards.

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Corporations urge Congress, Biden to cooperate on climate

Over three dozen major corporations are urging Congress and the incoming Biden administration to enact “durable national policies” and emphasizing “market-based” approaches, innovation, investment and certainty.

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Refiners file multiple suits over EPA’s denial of RFS waivers

The agency now faces legal challenges over its renewable fuel standard (RFS) waiver policy in multiple courts, although consolidation in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is likely.

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