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District court imposes hefty fine on aftermarket parts vendor

The suit appears to be the first successful private enforcement case against a mobile source manufacturer, and it comes amid increased EPA scrutiny of aftermarket vehicle parts violations.

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Backers Of HFC Phasedown Eye Next Steps Amid Energy Bill Stalemate

Backers of legislation authorizing EPA to phase down potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are not giving up efforts to move the measure through the Senate, even though a broader energy bill has derailed amid disagreements about whether to add the HFC restrictions as an amendment.

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Experts Debate NEPA Rollback’s Reliance On Unique High Court Ruling

Legal experts are debating whether it is appropriate for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to justify much of its proposal to vastly limit the reach of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on a single, unique Supreme Court ruling.

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Climate skeptic group petitions EPA to scrap GHG finding

The petition is at least the fourth effort to scrap EPA’s landmark 2009 greenhouse gas endangerment finding, though Trump officials have long signaled they are unlikely to take such a step.

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Judge Eyes Additional Briefing In Trump Suit Over California Cap & Trade

SACRAMENTO, CA – A federal district court judge is weighing whether to require more briefing in the Trump administration’s lawsuit claiming that California’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program link to Quebec violates the Constitution, a move that could setback the administration’s request for a speedy ruling in the case.

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Final Briefs Escalate Fights Over Legality Of 2019 RFS, Refiner Waivers

EPA, refiners, biofuels groups and environmentalists are battling in final legal briefs over the agency’s 2019 renewable fuel standard (RFS), in a suit that tests multiple aspects of the program including its fuel production goals and the agency’s approach to issuing RFS “economic hardship” compliance waivers to small refiners.

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Amid ‘Domestic’ SCC Fight, BLM Methane Rollback Draws Judge’s Ire

A federal district court judge is expressing heavy skepticism about the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rollback of Obama-era rules to limit “wasted” methane from oil and gas operations on public land, a suit posing an early test of the Trump administration’s narrow approach to monetizing damages from greenhouse gases.

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Environmentalists call for more ambitious House climate bill

Several environmental groups fault the draft bill from the House Energy & Commerce Committee for relying too heavily on natural gas, arguing it “represents a staggering failure of ambition and leadership.”

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10th Circuit grants EPA’s two-week extension for RFS ruling decision

The extension gives EPA until March 24 to decide whether to contest an appellate ruling placing significant limits on the agency's renewable fuel standard waiver policy.

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Joint vehicle GHG case plan sees briefing end in September

The plan means oral argument over the controversial auto preemption rule won’t occur until fall, at the earliest, potentially opening the policy up to reversal depending on the results of the November election.

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