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Judge Chides DOJ’s Clark For Downplaying Significance Of NEPA Rule

A federal district judge chided Justice Department (DOJ) environment chief Jeff Clark for downplaying the significance of the Trump administration’s overhaul of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), in a lawsuit where environmentalists are urging the judge to block the revisions from taking effect as scheduled for Sept. 14.

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Critics Fault Major Wheeler Speech For Sidestepping Climate Change

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is drawing criticism from environmentalists, a former top EPA official and others for mostly sidestepping the issue of climate change risks in his major speech on the agency’s 50th anniversary and his vision for its future, instead using climate to attack Democrats’ energy policies.

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Administration Reviewing 50 Major Projects For Environmental Waivers

The Trump administration is reviewing dozens of major infrastructure projects as candidates for winning waivers from key environmental reviews, in response to a controversial executive order from President Donald Trump urging agencies to use their emergency powers to spur economic growth due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Wyoming becomes second state to gain CCS well permitting power

A final EPA rule gives Wyoming primary enforcement responsibility for carbon capture and storage (CCS) injection wells, making it only the second state after North Dakota to obtain such authority.

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9th Circuit stays mandate in VW emissions tampering suit

The court will delay implementing its June ruling allowing counties to pursue penalties from Volkswagen for its emissions cheating scandal, in order to allow the company to seek Supreme Court review.

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Corps Urges No Immediate Remedy During Appeal Of Dakota Pipeline Ruling

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is arguing against any immediate remedy after a federal district judge found that it violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in approving a waterway crossing for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a decision that the agency is appealing.

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EPA Biomass GHG Proposal Delayed Until After Election, ACE Arguments

EPA’s long-awaited proposal expected to declare biomass as a carbon neutral fuel under Clean Air Act permits will not be issued until after the Nov. 3 election in part to avoid undercutting the agency’s defense of its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule power plant climate rule, sources say.

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Environmentalists To Appeal Adverse NEPA Climate Oil & Gas Lease Ruling

Environmentalists are planning to appeal a federal district court ruling upholding the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review for three oil and gas lease sales in New Mexico that failed to address their climate change and other concerns, arguing the decision is at odds with other NEPA rulings in resource-heavy Western states.

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DOJ environment chief Clark to lead department’s civil division

Jeffrey Clark, who has been serving as the chief of the Justice Department’s Environment & Natural Resources Division, will soon take over the department’s civil litigation division.

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D.C. Circuit denies request for separate ‘electricity fuel’ RFS suit

Biogas fuel producers unsuccessfully asked the court to sever their challenge over generation of electricity for transportation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from a consolidated RFS suit.

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