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EPA To Approve State Landfill Methane Plans Despite Deadline Extension Rule

EPA is proposing to approve -- under a court-ordered deadline -- plans from three states to implement an Obama-era rule to limit the potent greenhouse gas methane from municipal landfills, even as it continues to develop its own rule to dramatically extend the compliance timeline for the standards.

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Environmentalists target CWA permit for Keystone XL

In new litigation, environmental groups claim the Army Corps of Engineers violated environmental laws when it used a Clean Water Act general permit to approve construction of the tar sands pipeline.

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EPA Faces Dilemma Over RFS Waivers Days Before Releasing 2020 Goals

EPA faces a dilemma over whether to curb its increased issuance of waivers exempting some small refiners from having to comply with annual renewable fuel standard (RFS) blending goals, just days before the agency’s anticipated release of its proposed 2020 targets for production of alternative and renewable fuels under the RFS.

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Experts Spar Over Whether ACE Litigation Will Resolve EPA GHG Authority

Clean Air Act experts are sparring over whether a looming lawsuit over EPA’s final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant climate rule will ultimately result in a court decision that determines the scope of the agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases from stationary sources.

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CEQ NEPA GHG Guide Seen As Effort To Back Narrow FERC Reviews

The White House’s recent draft guidance outlining how agencies should consider greenhouse gases under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is seen by some observers as backing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) efforts to limit climate analysis when approving natural gas pipelines and other energy projects.

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Senate approves PFAS, CCS measures on defense bill

Passage of the bill sets up a likely showdown with the House, which is expected to adopt different stances on the PFAS and CCUS provisions included in the Senate bill.

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High Court’s Census Decision Could Bolster Suits Over Trump EPA Rollbacks

The Supreme Court’s decision faulting the Commerce Department for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census based on a “contrived” post hoc pretext could bolster suits targeting some of the Trump EPA’s rule rollbacks, such as a likely case over vehicle emission standards, where challengers say EPA has ignored or misrepresented the record.

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Senators urge EPA to project greater GHG cuts from ethanol

Pro-ethanol senators are calling on EPA to adopt Agriculture Department analysis showing the greenhouse gas reductions benefits of corn ethanol are larger than EPA has so far estimated.

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Many Observers Downplay Impact Of Wehrum’s Exit On EPA Agenda

Several industry and other observers are downplaying the implications of Bill Wehrum’s imminent departure from the helm of EPA’s air office on the Trump administration’s broader deregulatory agenda, given that numerous rollbacks of air toxics standards, air permitting and vehicle greenhouse gas limits are already underway.

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Labor-environmental group issues ambitious climate plan

The BlueGreen Alliance’s climate platform calls for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, along with advancing several clean energy options and worker protections.

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