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Climate Policy Watch

Critics Flag Net Costs As Potential Risk To EPA Oil & Gas Methane Rule

Critics of the Trump EPA’s decision to drop oil and gas sector methane emissions rules are citing the agency’s own cost-benefit analysis of the regulation as creating a possible legal vulnerability for the policy, because agency officials estimate the action could result in overall net costs to the public.

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U.S. Forest Service floats scrapping oil & gas NEPA reviews

The agency is proposing to eliminate a requirement that it analyze oil and gas leasing plans in national forests that were previously approved by the Bureau of Land Management.

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Weeks Before Argument, Trailer Makers Seek To Stay Fuel Economy Rule

Trailer manufacturers in an unusual 11th-hour request are urging an appellate court slated to soon hear oral argument in their challenge of Obama-era greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules to stay the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) portion of the trailer regulation.

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2nd Circuit Vacates NHTSA Rule Reversing Fuel Economy Penalty Hike

A federal appeals court is vacating the Trump administration’s effort to reduce Obama-era penalties for violating fuel economy standards, handing states and environmentalists another victory on the issue even as lawsuits over EPA and Transportation Department rollbacks of federal and state vehicle rules remain pending.

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Volkswagen eyes Supreme Court review of air law preemption claim

The automaker is poised to appeal an appellate court decision that the Clean Air Act does not preempt state and local governments from seeking penalties from the company for its emissions cheating scandal.

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DOJ seeks to delay response in auto GHG suit records fight

The administration is seeking more time to respond to calls to include in the litigation record interagency documents incorporating EPA staff criticisms of its draft final vehicle greenhouse gas standards rollback.

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Corps aims to undo adverse NEPA ruling on Dakota pipeline

The Army Corps of Engineers is appealing a lower court’s decision that it violated the National Environmental Policy Act when approving a key easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Coalition of 21 states launches suit over Trump’s NEPA rule overhaul

The states’ lawsuit is the fourth legal challenge brought against the Trump administration’s broad overhaul of National Environmental Policy Act implementing rules.

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CARB Adopts Low-NOx Truck Rule But Drops 50-State Compliance Option

Backed by a group of Northeastern states, California has adopted landmark low-nitrogen oxide (NOx) standards for heavy-duty diesel trucks that would take effect in model year 2024, though it dropped a voluntary option for companies to meet a softer “50-state” standard and is leaving room for transit buses to be exempt or meet a less stringent limit.

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SAFE rule critics seek to include EPA comments in lawsuit record

Opponents of the Trump administration’s vehicle GHG rule rollback want to add to the lawsuit record inter-agency documents that include critical EPA staff comments on draft versions of the final rule.

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