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SAB Floats Several Concerns With EPA’s Air Rule Cost-Benefit Proposal

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is floating several concerns with the agency’s proposal to overhaul its cost-benefit review practices for Clean Air Act policies, arguing the agency should potentially broaden the scope of benefits it considers and better justify its proposed criteria for using health studies in cost analyses.

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Corps, tribes at odds over next steps for Dakota oil pipeline

Tribes and environmentalists opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline are asking a district judge to issue an injunction on continued operations while the Corps of Engineers completes an environmental review.

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EPA poised to formally publish oil and gas methane ‘policy’ rule

The regulation, which scraps direct methane limits for sources in the oil and gas sector, is scheduled to be published Sept. 14 in the Federal Register, marking the starting gun for lawsuits on the rule.

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NHTSA Opposes Push To Stay Trailer Regulation Ahead Of Oral Argument

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is continuing its legal defense of Obama-era rules imposing fuel economy limits on trailers connected to long-haul trucks, urging a federal appeals court to reject industry’s recent request to stay the rule -- slated to take effect in January -- ahead of oral argument in the long-running suit.

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Legal filings detail criticisms of Obama BLM methane rule

Four GOP-led states and industry groups are backing the Trump administration’s call for a district court to vacate the Bureau of Land Management’s 2016 rule limiting methane from oil and gas operations on federal land.

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Trump extends drilling moratorium off Florida coast

President Donald Trump is unilaterally extending an existing offshore drilling moratorium in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico until 2032, while imposing a similar pause in the South Atlantic.

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Small Refiners’ High Court RFS Suit May Further Delay EPA Waiver Action

Small refiners are asking the Supreme Court to hear their appeal of a ruling that blocks EPA from issuing renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers to some companies, a request that may further delay the agency’s decision on whether to grant or deny almost 100 pending requests for waivers from RFS fuel production targets.

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D.C. Circuit sets panel for ACE suit; parties spar on argument length

Two Obama appointees and one Trump appointee on the appeals court will hear Oct. 8 arguments in litigation challenging EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy power sector greenhouse gas rule.

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EPA Argues California ‘Non-Road’ Air Waiver Justified Despite SAFE Rule

EPA is arguing that an Obama-era Clean Air Act (CAA) preemption waiver allowing California to implement stricter emissions rules for “non-road” diesel engines was “well-reasoned” and should be upheld, rebutting industry claims that the agency’s withdrawal of the state’s vehicle greenhouse gas rule waiver supports rescinding the off-road waiver.

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Environmentalists Grapple With Possible CRA Attacks On Trump Rules

Environmental groups are grappling with the extent to which they should support using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn Trump administration environmental rollbacks, despite multiple recent calls to deploy the law to undo such deregulatory actions if Democrats sweep the Nov. 3 elections.

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