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Climate Policy Watch

White House NEPA overhaul clears OMB review

The regulatory milestone signals the rule could be publicly unveiled within the next few weeks, with some suggesting President Donald Trump might personally tout the plan as a way to boost the economy.

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EPA schedules public hearing on Tier 3 test fuel proposal

The agency’s virtual hearing will provide a platform for supporters and opponents of EPA’s test fuel plan to argue in favor of either retaining or weakening related vehicle greenhouse gas standards.

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EPA Floats Ambitious OAR Agenda, Hinting At Trump Second Term Plans

EPA is floating an ambitious agenda for its Office of Air & Radiation (OAR) in its just-updated schedule of pending rules that includes steps to ease industry permitting and potentially remove some toxic substances from regulation, hinting at OAR’s plans for future years if President Donald Trump wins his reelection bid in November.

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Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Climate Plan With Major EPA, EJ Focus

House Democrats have unveiled a long-awaited series of climate policy proposals that combine long-term decarbonization goals with hundreds of specific measures to enable them, including a key focus on environmental justice (EJ), investments in infrastructure and climate resilience, and a range of new EPA responsibilities.

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State AGs urge Trump to revoke NEPA executive order

A coalition of 16 Democratic state attorneys general are blasting the president’s directive that agencies exempt major infrastructure projects from environmental laws when possible.

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Updated Regulatory Agenda Says EPA Might Review Truck GHG Rules

EPA is suggesting it might reconsider the stringency of later-year greenhouse gas standards for heavy-duty trucks issued by the Obama administration in the 2016, a notable new item in its newly updated regulatory agenda that outlines the agency’s goals for this year and a potential second term for the Trump administration.

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Baltimore Urges High Court To Reject Oil Sector’s Climate Nuisance Appeal

Baltimore is urging the Supreme Court to reject the oil industry’s push to overturn an appellate decision allowing the city’s climate nuisance case to proceed in state court, arguing there is no circuit split over what issues appeals courts can consider when determining whether state or federal court is the proper venue for a case.

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CLF faces obstacles in restarting novel climate case

A federal appeals court says the Conservation Law Foundation has not explained how it can appeal a lower court’s order staying litigation over an ExxonMobil facility’s environmental permits.

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Critics Cite New High Court Rulings In Vehicle GHG Preemption Case

States and environmental groups are detailing their arguments against EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) rule preempting state vehicle greenhouse gas standards, charging the move exceeds the agencies’ authorities and that their case is bolstered by a pair of recent major Supreme Court rulings.

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Automakers in California GHG deal weigh in on EPA rollback suit

Automakers that adopted California’s greenhouse gas standards are seeking to influence any potential court remedy in litigation over the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era limits.

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