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Climate Policy Watch

Hurricane Laura Renews Concerns On Climate Change, Chemical Spills

Environmentalists fear Hurricane Laura is already leading to a repeat of the Gulf Coast chemical spills that resulted from 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, and they say those releases show the need to reconsider the hazard posed by industrial site spills in light of more-frequent severe storms caused by climate change.

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CARB poised to adopt heavy truck low-NOx rule

Industry and environmental groups are making 11th-hour pitches on the policy, and members of the California Air Resources Board might direct staff to make further changes before the rule is finalized.

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EPN Agenda For EPA’s Future Poses Test For Science, Economic Reviews

The Environmental Protection Network (EPN) of more than 500 EPA alumni is pitching an agenda to “restore” key aspects of the agency’s work, including a plan for eliminating the Trump administration’s science “transparency” plan and overhauling cost-benefit reviews of rules, posing a test for how to handle such issues in the coming years.

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As Suit Resumes, Environmentalists Defend Obama BLM Methane Rules

A coalition of 16 environmental groups and two Democratic-led states are defending the Obama Interior Department’s (DOI) methane “waste” rule for oil and gas facilities on public land, while also criticizing the Trump administration’s “post hoc” legal arguments it floated when formally dropping its defense of the policy.

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9th Circuit stays nuisance case mandate to allow high court petition

The appellate court is staying the mandate implementing its decision routing California municipalities’ climate nuisance case to state court, to allow the oil sector defendants to seek Supreme Court review.

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EPA Shields ACE From GHG ‘Endangerment’ Attack Due To Methane Rule

EPA is aiming to shield its utility climate rules from coal companies’ claim that courts must scrap the policies because of the agency’s legal determination in its just-finalized rollback of Obama-era oil and gas greenhouse gas standards that the drilling sector’s GHGs have not been shown to “significantly” endanger public welfare.

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Wheeler Blames COVID-19 Disruption Of Fuels Market For 2021 RFS Delay

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is blaming major disruption to the transportation fuels market caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors for the agency’s delay in proposing its 2021 renewable fuel standard (RFS), with uncertainty about whether EPA will meet a Nov. 30 deadline for issuing a final version of the 2021 RFS.

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CEQ, Industry Argue Environmentalists Lack Standing In NEPA Lawsuit

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and major industry groups are arguing that environmentalists lack standing for their suit seeking a preliminary injunction of the council’s broad overhaul of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rules, urging a federal district court to dismiss the case.

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Small refiners urge Trump to grant RFS compliance waivers

But ethanol groups and Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden are calling on President Donald Trump to reject renewable fuel standard compliance waiver requests.

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Senate Democrats Eye Killing Filibuster To Move Major Climate Legislation

Top Senate Democrats say they might end the upper chamber’s longstanding requirement to achieve supermajority support to move legislation in order to enact bold climate change policies if they retake the Senate and the White House following the Nov. 3 elections.

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