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Climate Policy Watch

Judge stays deadline for climate-related TMDL

The stay will clear the way for EPA to appeal to the 9th Circuit the thorny question of whether EPA must craft cleanup plans in cases where states have not.

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GOP Voters, Senators Shift Climate Views Even As Trump Downplays Issue

President Donald Trump and his supporters continue to downplay threats from climate change but nascent signs are emerging of a potential shift on the issue from Republicans, with some federal and state GOP lawmakers calling for policy to address such risks and new polling data showing nearly two-thirds of Republicans say global warming is a problem.

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EPA IG grants Senate Democrats' call to review 'glider' repeal rule

The watchdog says it will review whether the controversial plan violated long-standing policies requiring analysis of costs and benefits -- as well as children's health implications -- of environmental rules.

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States, Industry Group At Odds Over Trump EPA's HFC 'Management' Plan

Democratic-led states are at odds with a manufacturing industry coalition over a Trump EPA plan to rescind Obama-era rules extending refrigerant management and leak guidelines to appliances that use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that are a potent short-term greenhouse gas.

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States, industry clash over EPA plan to delay landfill GHG rule

The agency's proposal would give states three years -- until August 2019 -- to submit a compliance plan for the 2016 methane standards for existing facilities, while also extending EPA's deadlines to review plans.

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Final EPA 2019 RFS Gives Modest Hike To Cellulosic Fuel Production Goal

EPA's final 2019 renewable fuel standard (RFS) production goals largely echo the proposed version of the rule but also include a modest hike for cellulosic biofuel targets over the proposal, disappointing biofuels groups that lobbied EPA to increase all fuel volume categories to compensate for RFS waivers it will likely grant to small refiners.

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On Eve Of 2019 RFS Final Rule, EPA Said To 'Freeze' Small Refiner Waivers

On the eve of EPA's release of its final 2019 renewable fuel standard (RFS) production goals, the agency is said to have decided to “freeze” its controversial use of RFS waivers for small refiners, reportedly suspending its issuance of waivers pending a review of its methodology following pressure from biofuels groups and fuel retailers.

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Bipartisan Carbon Tax Measure Seeks To Influence House Climate Agenda

A new carbon tax bill lays out the most ambitious bipartisan carbon pricing plan in nearly a decade, as proponents seek to remain relevant ahead of next year's congressional agenda and perhaps turn the page from the recent defeat of a state-level carbon tax ballot measure that omitted industry-favored compromises in the federal plan.

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UN Contradicts Wheeler's Claim That US On Track To Meet Paris GHG Goal

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the United States is on track to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals under the Paris Agreement even as it prepares to withdraw from the international climate deal, though a new United Nations report contradicts that claim, finding the U.S. to be far from its reduction pledges.

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CBD sues EPA over climate-related ocean acidification

The lawsuit is part of the center's long-running push to force increased controls on carbon dioxide.

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