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Ewire: EPA, DOT release final auto GHG rollback

In today’s Ewire: The long-awaited regulation takes a swing at one of the Obama administration’s largest efforts to curb carbon pollution that is causing climate change.

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Citing Time Limit, SAB Declines Review Of EPA Oil & Gas Methane Plan

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is declining to review the scientific and technical basis for the agency’s August proposal to scrap direct methane standards for the oil and gas sector, with many advisers citing the limited time they would have to conduct a thorough analysis before EPA finalizes the rule.

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9th Circuit Rejects EPA Bid To Rehear Landmark TMDL Decision

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has denied EPA’s request to reconsider a three-judge panel’s landmark ruling that expands a controversial “constructive submission” judicial doctrine forcing the agency to develop waterbody cleanup plans when states have failed to act, opening the door to a possible Supreme Court appeal.

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API touts sustainability ‘long game’ despite EPA enforcement halt

The oil and gas industry group says a new sustainability guidance to its members shows that it is invested in environmental improvements despite seeking a broad enforcement waiver from EPA.

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Officials Scramble To Show Net Benefits From Auto GHG Rule Rollback

Just days before releasing their final rollback of Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, Trump administration officials have been scrambling to show the rule has net positive benefits to society given that recent drafts show the flagship rulemaking would impose greater overall costs than benefits.

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Final Auto GHG Rollback To Include Various Compliance ‘Flexibilities’

The Trump administration’s imminent rollback of Obama-era auto greenhouse gas rules will embrace several regulatory flexibilities the agencies originally proposed to jettison -- though it is likely to end “multiplier” credits for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids while extending them for natural gas vehicles, sources say.

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IRS poised to issue plan barring tax deductions for some settlements

The proposal may not be welcomed by industry if it bars deductions for most settlements.

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Continuing Push To Limit SEPs, DOJ’s Clark May Seek Citizen Suit Curbs

Weeks after barring EPA and the Justice Department from using supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) in civil settlements, Jeffrey Clark, the Justice Department’s (DOJ) environment chief, says he is now weighing whether he can also prohibit their use in citizen enforcement suits, while also suggesting he may seek to limit the suits themselves.

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Coronavirus Prompts EPA To Retain RFS Waivers, Delay Summer Gasoline

EPA says the coronavirus pandemic is prompting it to retain renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers already granted to small refiners despite an appellate ruling that will strictly limit future issuance of such exemptions, and the agency is also extending a deadline for introducing less-polluting summertime gasoline because of the virus.

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Citing New EIS Precedent, Court Rejects NEPA Review Of Major Pipeline

A federal district judge is rejecting as insufficient under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) the Army Corps’ streamlined environmental assessment (EA) of the Dakota Access Pipeline, citing a new appellate court precedent requiring a more in-depth environmental impact statement (EIS) for “controversial” projects.

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