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Climate Policy Watch

With Mallory At CEQ Helm, White House Expected To Undo NEPA Rollbacks

President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of Brenda Mallory to lead his White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is being widely hailed as a smart choice by environmental groups and others, especially given CEQ’s expected key role in undoing the Trump administration’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rollbacks.

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Trump Vetoes Defense Policy Bill With Key Climate, Toxics Provisions

President Donald Trump has vetoed the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that includes several environment provisions concerning the Defense Department’s (DOD) cleanup of toxic substances and climate change adaptation.

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OMB schedules stakeholder meetings on EPA coal plant NSPS rewrite

White House officials have scheduled meetings with outside groups on the EPA measure through Jan. 5, which is just 15 days before President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated.

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Omnibus Deal Offers Biden Initial Climate Wins But Omits Broad Authority

The broad year-end spending and policy deal Congress approved this week includes provisions that Democrats say are significant advances in cutting carbon emissions and promoting clean energy, though it falls short of comprehensive climate mitigation authority that may remain elusive for the incoming Biden administration.

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Biden’s Deep Climate Bench Prompts Questions Over White House Role

President-elect Joe Biden’s appointment of several officials with significant climate change experience is prompting questions about how he will divide responsibility among the team, with many observers suggesting incoming White House domestic climate policy “czar” Gina McCarthy will assume a leadership role.

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Two states, environmentalists appeal vacatur of BLM methane air rule

The latest court action adds to years of legal and regulatory uncertainty over the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Obama-era methane “waste” standards.

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EPA poised to publish cost-benefit air rule, starting clock for lawsuits

Once EPA publishes the rule overhauling its Clean Air Act cost-benefit procedures in the Federal Register, potential litigants will have 60 days to file legal challenges in federal appeals court.

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CEQ Issues Unusual Opposition To Amicus Filings In NEPA Rule Suit

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is filing an unusual objection to amicus briefs backing challengers to its sweeping National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing rule, urging a district court not to accept the briefs from former CEQ officials, Democratic lawmakers and law professors.

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Only Three States, D.C. Agree To Launch Transport Cap & Trade Program

Three states and the District of Columbia are the only jurisdictions that are formally committing to launch the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI), the nation’s first regional cap-and-trade program to cut transportation fuel greenhouse gases, with the forthcoming program slated to cut emissions 26 percent between 2022 and 2032.

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Final FY21 Spending Deal Includes Boost for Numerous EPA Programs

Lawmakers are releasing a final fiscal year 2021 spending deal that would provide EPA with an almost 2 percent funding boost above current levels, while retaining several policy riders from prior years but not an array of new restrictions that House Democrats had proposed.

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