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EPA Argues Battery Storage Infeasible As BACT For California Gas Plant

EPA is detailing its justification for rejecting battery storage as best available control technology (BACT) in permitting a California natural gas-fired power plant, in response to environmentalists’ lawsuit arguing the Clean Air Act requires battery storage to prevent harmful pollution.

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Environmentalists join suits over NHTSA bar on California GHG rules

Environmentalists say the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued its preemption rule “in excess of statutory authority,” joining 23 states that previously sued over the rule in federal district court.

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Refiners file more suits over EPA’s RFS waiver denials

Refiners are challenging EPA’s denial of their applications for RFS small refiner hardship waivers in both regional and national appellate courts.

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Feinstein seeks probe of EPA ‘political interference’ in California

The senator says her home state is “being unfairly targeted,” and that EPA is floating “nothing more than a pretext to attack” the state.

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Senate FY20 report includes multiple policy directives to EPA

Senate appropriators are issuing a variety of directives to EPA alongside their fiscal year 2020 spending bill, including on high-profile mining, water, toxics and biofuels issues.

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States, biomass group join calls to pause ACE suit

States challenging EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule say the agency must first take action on their administrative petitions to reconsider aspects of the rule before litigation can proceed.

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California Argues EPA Threats On Air, Water Shift Blame, Ring Hollow

California and environmentalists are branding EPA’s threat to block the state from receiving highway funds based on incomplete air pollution plans as a political attack that ignores the need for new federal emission curbs and the implausibility that the pro-deregulation Trump administration would impose such limits.

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EPA Cites RFS Waivers’ ‘National’ Scope In Bid To Block 10th Circuit Suit

EPA is seeking to dismiss a refiner’s lawsuit faulting its rejection of a renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waiver, arguing the regional appellate suit belongs in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit because of the policy’s “national applicability,” reversing EPA’s previous tactics in challenges to its small refiner waivers.

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California Bill Restricting ZEV Rebates Latest Front In War Over GHG Rules

A California lawmaker is floating legislation to restrict rebates for the purchase of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) only to customers of auto companies that have agreed to the state’s voluntary “framework” for greenhouse gas emission standards that are much stricter than the Trump administration’s planned rollback of federal limits.

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Democrats float resolution backing California auto GHG rules

Dozens of Democrats in both the House and Senate are backing a resolution that supports Obama-era auto greenhouse gas rules and the ability of California to set stronger requirements.

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