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EPA faces bipartisan House call to drop methane air rule

A total of 85 House Democrats, joined by a pair of Republicans, are urging EPA to withdraw its just-finalized rollback of methane standards for oil and gas equipment.

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Refining Sector, Biofuels Groups Clash Over EPA’s Approval Of E15 Fuel

A major refining sector group and biofuels advocacy organizations are clashing in legal briefs over EPA’s authority for its final rule authorizing year-round use of 15-percent ethanol fuel (E15), with refiners calling on a federal appeals court to scrap the approval while biofuels groups aim to safeguard it and expand the rule to higher fuel blends.

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EPA schedules public hearing on aircraft GHG proposal

The agency is planning to hold a virtual public hearing Sept. 17 on its proposed greenhouse gas standards for new and in-production aircraft, ahead of an Oct. 19 deadline for written comment on the plan.

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Environmentalists sue EPA over California SIP approval

The suit targets an emissions reduction plan crafted by Ventura County, CA, which is currently in “serious” nonattainment with the agency’s 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standard.

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9th Circuit denies VW request to rehear air law preemption decision

The court’s June 1 ruling held that the Clean Air Act does not preempt counties from pursuing state court challenges over the company’s use of defeat devices to cheat emissions tests.

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Court Speeds Consideration Of Injunction Request For CEQ’s NEPA Rule

A federal district court says it will quickly consider environmentalists’ request for a preliminary injunction of the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) rule to significantly streamline agency implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), meaning a decision could come before the rule takes effect next month.

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BLM Admits ‘Error,’ Will Not Defend Obama-Era Oil & Gas Methane Rule

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will not defend its rule aimed at limiting venting and flaring of the potent greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations on federal lands, with litigation over the Obama-era measure revived after the Trump administration’s recission of the standards was vacated last month.

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Environmentalists cite climate to target Colorado fossil extraction plan

Critics of the fossil fuel plan are pressing the Bureau of Land Management to consider climate change issues early in the extraction process when it can analyze the widest swath of land as possible.

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Progressives Outline Criteria For CRA Push Against Trump EPA Rules

A progressive group is outlining criteria for deciding which Trump administration environmental rollbacks to target under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) if Democrats sweep the Nov. 3 elections, while also pressing for subsequent repeal of the statute because of its longer-term threat to progressive goals.

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Biofuels backers welcome ruling limiting RFS waiver ‘secrecy’

Supporters of biofuels say a recent appellate ruling should shed more light on requests for renewable fuel standard compliance waivers, including 98 exemption requests EPA is currently reviewing.

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