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Climate Policy Watch

Environmentalists Seek To Uphold Broad Pipeline NEPA GHG Precedent

Environmental groups are seeking to persuade a key appellate court to re-confirm its landmark 2017 ruling requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to consider upstream and downstream greenhouse gas impacts of natural gas pipeline projects, though FERC is trying to limit the precedent by arguing such reviews are unnecessary if the end users of the gas are not known.

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EPA Weighing Cost-Benefit, Legal Changes To Revive 'Glider' Truck Relief

EPA has not dropped its efforts to ease rules on manufacturers of “glider” trucks that combine a new chassis with a used drivetrain despite having appeared to put the issue on the back burner, with acting chief Andrew Wheeler telling senators that officials are mulling tweaks to its legal justification and its cost-benefit approach to justify some type of softer limits.

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Top DOJ official to personally argue youth climate case

Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark’s direct involvement in the oral arguments is significant because top officials generally only argue cases of national significance.

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Wheeler Allows Re-Appointments For SAB But Taps Controversial New Picks

Acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler is allowing Obama-era appointees to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) to serve a second term, a change from his predecessor's policy that limited such re-appointments, though Wheeler is continuing to bar scientists who receive agency grants from serving and also named some controversial new SAB picks.

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Biofuels Group Calls For EPA Ethanol Volume Hike In RFS 'Reset' Proposal

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) biofuels advocacy group is suggesting EPA use a pending renewable fuel standard (RFS) “reset” rule to increase its annual goal for production of renewable fuel to help promote ethanol, a move RFA says could address an appellate ruling remanding the 2016 goal that was below a statutory target.

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LCV opposes Trump deregulatory chief’s court nomination

But the Republican-controlled Senate will almost certainly approve the nomination of OIRA chief Neomi Rao to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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Recycling sector touts GHG benefits of reused plastics

The Association of Plastic Recyclers study comes as a pair of new policies from China have significantly hampered local recycling programs in recent months.

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EPA reschedule utility NSPS hearing, extends comment deadline

EPA will hold a hearing on its coal plant new source performance standards (NSPS) changes on Feb. 14, with public comments on the plan due March 18.

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EPA reschedules utility NSPS hearing, extends comment deadline

EPA will hold a hearing on its coal plant new source performance standards (NSPS) changes on Feb. 14, with public comments on the plan due March 18.

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Amid Dim Prospects, Democrats Eye Climate Options For Infrastructure Bill

As House Democrats move closer to unveiling a long-promised infrastructure bill, supporters and other observers are floating options for how the measure can make good on their promise to address climate change, including a new funding mechanism to replace the fossil-based gas tax and spending on cleaner technologies and resilient infrastructure.

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