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Climate Policy Watch

Bipartisan House group seeks biofuels aid in COVID-19 bill

A group of 31 House Democratic and GOP members of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus is urging inclusion of direct payments to ethanol producers in any new COVID-19 economic relief bill.

 

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Foes Launch New Legal Bids Against FERC Finding ‘Need’ For Pipelines

Opponents of natural gas infrastructure projects are pursuing new legal arguments seeking to overturn their approvals by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including by challenging regulators’ decision that developers have shown the projects are “needed” in the market.

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EPA weighing response to ‘surprise’ ozone designations ruling

EPA’s de facto air chief Anne Austin says it will be at least a matter of weeks until the agency decides how to proceed after appellate judges struck down several of its ozone attainment designations.

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Sierra Club Urges Court To Ignore DOJ Objection Over Air Law Citizen Suit

The Sierra Club is seeking to avoid a fight with the Justice Department (DOJ) over the scope of relief that can be negotiated in citizen enforcement suits, urging a federal court to either enter its agreement in a Clean Air Act suit over DOJ’s objections or to dismiss the group’s motion to enter the pact and allow it to proceed as a private settlement.

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As Experts Weigh In, FERC Gets 90 Days To Appeal Tolling Order Ruling

As legal experts are debating the implications of a major court ruling upending the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) use of “tolling orders” to delay administration rehearing of gas infrastructure approvals, the commission secured more time to decide whether to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

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Industries Spar With States, Others On Co-Benefits’ Role In EPA Air Rules

Major industry trade associations are sparring with state attorneys general (AGs) and others who favor strict EPA rules over the agency’s planned overhaul of cost-benefit reviews for Clean Air Act policies, in particular a fight over the weight EPA should give to “co-benefits” of reduced pollution not directly targeted by a rule.

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Environmentalists file third suit over CEQ NEPA rule

The latest lawsuit specifically focuses on the effect the first substantial revision to the NEPA implementing rules since 1978 will have on environmental justice communities.

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Democrats demand reports on NEPA executive order

Nearly five dozen Hill Democrats are pressing the White House to release agencies’ reports about which projects they will attempt to advance under President Donald Trump’s controversial June 4 order.

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Harris, AOC introduce ‘Climate Equity Act’

Among other provisions, the bill would require legislation to receive an equity “score” modeled on budget assessments for bills prepared by the Congressional Budget Office.

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Harris, Other Senators Float Sweeping EJ Bill Aligning With Biden Plan

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and a dozen other Senate Democrats are floating companion legislation with multiple environmental justice (EJ) provisions that aligns with a prior House proposal and the environmental platform of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

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