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CEQ agrees to release key NEPA documents

The White House will be providing information about how it developed a controversial plan to scale back how agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Despite EPA, Industry Support, DOJ Eliminates ‘Problematic’ SEPs

Despite strong public support from EPA and industry groups, the Justice Department (DOJ) is eliminating all uses of popular supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) that have long been a popular way to offset civil penalties in enforcement settlements and allowed settling parties to win community good will.

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Democrats, Advocates Eye Low-Carbon Steps In Coronavirus Response

Capitol Hill Democrats and some environmentalists are pushing for multiple low-carbon or climate change-related measures to be included in any economic stimulus package Congress adopts to respond to the growing pandemic caused by the new coronavirus.

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Climate nuisance plaintiffs tout 4th Circuit venue ruling

Plaintiffs in three climate nuisance cases pending in the 1st and 9th Circuits are touting Baltimore’s victory in the 4th Circuit that allowed its suit to proceed in state court.

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EPA begins implementing extended landfill methane rule deadlines

EPA is formally finding that 42 states have failed to submit compliance strategies for Obama-era landfill methane standards, but the agency says it won’t issue a federal plan for another two years.

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House Subcommittee Clears HFC Phasedown Bill Amid Partisan Splits

A House Energy & Commerce panel is advancing legislation requiring EPA to implement a 15-year phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), chemicals that act as potent greenhouse gases, though partisan clashes over the measure are highlighting the difficulties of approving even modest GHG reduction mandates in Congress.

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Biofuel producers warn Trump against appealing RFS waiver ruling

Biofuel and farm groups are warning President Donald Trump he risks a political backlash from rural voters if EPA contests an appellate ruling placing major limits on its renewable fuel standard waiver policy.

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Carper Seeks HFC Bill Analysis Amid Major Splits On State Preemption

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the top Democrat on the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee, is pressing EPA to release an economic analysis he says shows billions of dollars in consumer benefits from bipartisan legislation to establish a 15-year phasedown of the potent greenhouse gas hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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D.C. Circuit schedules argument in suit over EPA RFS cellulosic policy

A decision by the court in favor of biofuels producers could open the door to the agency having to allow more cellulosic fuel supply to qualify under its renewable fuel standard.

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Democrats, Other Critics Blast CEQ Proposal To Limit NEPA Reviews

Democratic lawmakers, former EPA officials, a large coalition of environmental groups and states are urging the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to drop its plan to scale back how federal agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), renewing a series of sharp critiques in formal comments on the policy.

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