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Climate Policy Watch

Washington acts to adopt stalled EPA rules phasing out HFCs

Washington officials are echoing efforts by California to advance Obama-era EPA rules that were partially overturned by a 2017 court decision and are not being defended by the Trump administration.

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EPA oil & gas NSPS plan could preclude future rules

An EPA official previewed several “fundamental policy issues” that the agency will tee up in a proposed rule to review the 2016 oil and gas methane new source performance standards.

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D.C. Circuit sets October arguments in three air act cases

In a series of recent orders, the D.C. Circuit is setting up a busy schedule for arguments in three clean air cases in October.

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Biofuels Sector Pessimistic On RFS Volumes As Waiver Decisions Loom

Biofuels industry groups are expressing pessimism that EPA will preserve biofuel blending mandates in its renewable fuel standards (RFS) program as it weighs waiver requests from the mandates from dozens of small refineries, amid signs EPA is again leaning toward granting refiners’ waiver requests.

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Biofuels Sector Seeks To Resume Suit Over EPA’s RFS Methods

Biofuels industry groups are seeking to resume proceedings in litigation over EPA’s methods for setting blending mandates for its renewable fuels standard (RFS) program, a further indication of the sector’s pessimism that officials will address their concerns over the mandate volumes lost as a result of the refinery waivers the agency is granting.

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Oil-Backed Group Attacks Legality Of Colorado ZEV Deal With Automakers

The Freedom to Drive (FTD) Coalition, an alliance of oil and other industry groups, is challenging the major agreement inked between Colorado officials and two key automaker groups implementing California’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) sales mandate in the state, charging it is unlawful because it amends California’s program.

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EPA, other agencies offer tips to states on drought resilience

A new set of “priority actions” was crafted by the National Drought Resilience Partnership, an inter-agency group created by the Obama administration to address damages from climate change.

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IG Largely Clears EPA Staff In Dispute Over ‘Glider’ Truck Emission Tests

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is largely exonerating agency staff from claims by some House Republicans that they improperly coordinated with new truck manufacturers in conducting tests of “glider” trucks, which combine used engines with new chassis, that showed high emissions from the vehicles.

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States Urged To Elevate Equity In Regional Transportation GHG Program

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states developing the country’s first cap-and-trade program to cut transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions are being urged to ensure that their effort elevates and addresses the equity concerns of disadvantaged communities and areas on the “front-line” of pollution challenges.

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GOP’s Luntz seeks to help Democrats advance climate policy

The Republican pollster -- who previously urged politicians to shift public opinion away from pro-climate policies -- urged Democrats to “jettison much of the most extreme language in favor of a get-it-done approach.”

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