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Climate Policy Watch

Groups Urge Full D.C. Circuit To End FERC ‘Tolling Orders’ In Pipeline Suit

Environmental groups and aligned states are urging a full federal appeals court to overturn a three-judge panel’s split ruling that upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) use of “tolling orders” that allow it to defer final administrative action on pipelines or other energy infrastructure, while allowing the projects at issue to proceed.

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Firm Drops California Gas Plant, Likely Ending Novel BACT Suit Against EPA

The developer of a proposed natural gas-fired power plant in southern California has abruptly canceled the project, likely ending environmentalists’ novel lawsuit against EPA for not requiring the plant to use battery storage to satisfy best available control technology (BACT) requirements in a prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) permit.

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Quote-Unquote: Focusing on climate issues

From vehicle greenhouse gas rules to McKinsey’s ‘urgent’ call for climate adaptation.

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Democrats seek six-month comment period for NEPA plan

The Council on Environmental Quality is accepting comment through March 10 on its proposed overhaul of NEPA rules, though Democrats want to see the comment deadline extended until July.

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SAB struggles to review critiques of EPA science, water rules

The board’s inability to reach consensus appears likely to bolster EPA plans to ignore any criticisms SAB may provide.

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DOJ Says Fast Review Would Avoid ‘Months’ Of Delay In Auto GHG Suit

The Justice Department (DOJ) is offering a new rationale to expedite review of appellate cases over the Trump administration’s preemption of state auto greenhouse gas rules, citing the possibility of “months” of delay while a district court weighs a similar case with a key procedural hearing slated for mid-April.

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Reports Highlight Growing Private Sector Warnings On Climate Risk

A top management consulting firm and a credit ratings agency are separately warning that the far-reaching threats to various sectors from unchecked climate change continue to grow, providing detailed risk projections ranging from Florida’s real estate market to utility infrastructure across the country.

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House bill seeks disclosure on GHG levels, sources from federal lands

The legislation would require drilling companies to meet Sustainable Accounting Standards Board for reporting the greenhouse gas impacts of their operations on federal land and water.

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House GOP weighs response to Democrats’ climate agenda

The Republican plan is unlikely to include comprehensive solutions such as carbon pricing, but instead will focus on research or other incentive-based approaches to the issue.

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NRDC Seeks Speedy Ruling On Vehicle GHG Model, Citing OMB Review

Environmentalists are urging an appellate court to rule quickly in their already expedited case seeking release of an EPA computer model they hope will show that current vehicle greenhouse gas rules are lower than the administration claims, citing the formal start of the White House’s review of rules rolling back the current standards.

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