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NRECA Bid To Replace UARG Could Preserve Novel Section 111 Claim

Efforts by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) to replace the disbanded Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) in a suit over EPA’s landfill methane rules could preserve UARG’s novel claims on whether section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act allows EPA to strengthen existing standards.

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Environmentalists Join States Suing Over CPP Repeal In ACE Suit

Ten environmental groups have joined with states in suing EPA over its repeal of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), charging that its replacement, the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, could have the perverse effect of increasing greenhouse gas emissions and conventional air pollution from coal-fired power plants in many states.

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DOJ Downplays Role of NHTSA Penalty Rule In Auto GHG Finding Fight

The Justice Department (DOJ) is urging a federal court to disregard states’ claims that language in a final National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule scaling back penalties for fuel economy exceedances proves EPA’s threshold decision to weaken vehicle greenhouse gas standards is final and ripe for suit.

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Environmentalists file new suit over CAFE penalty rollback

The new lawsuit comes just days after a group of states led by California and New York also asked the 2nd Circuit to review of NHTSA’s final rule.

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Trump praises Wheeler’s deregulatory efforts

“We have a man that knows how to break it up but he is also a great lover of the environment,” Trump said. “EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. He has done an incredible job.”

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As States Sue, They Warn ACE Rule Penalizes Existing GHG Programs

California and other states with market-based programs to cut power sector greenhouse gas emissions charge in a new suit that EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which replaces the broader Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), is unlawful under the Clean Air Act and penalizes states that try to work together to cut emissions.

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California reports 2017 GHG emissions decline

CARB says the state emitted 424 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2017, the second year in a row in which GHG emissions fell below the state’s 2020 reduction target.

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Trump Under Pressure As Biofuels Groups Cry Foul Over New RFS Waivers

President Donald Trump is facing angry calls from biofuels groups and Farm Belt lawmakers to quickly intervene and mitigate the effects of a fresh round of EPA waivers exempting small refiners from renewable fuel standard (RFS) blending obligations, as the agricultural economy continues to suffer from a host of problems depressing farm incomes.

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Officials Strongly Criticize Limited GHG Review In Draft CEQ NEPA Guide

Current and former government officials are strongly criticizing a draft guidance crafted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) that instruct agencies to limit the scope of how they consider greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.

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Former Officials Criticize Limited GHG Review In Draft CEQ NEPA Guide

Current and former government officials are strongly criticizing a draft guidance crafted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) that instruct agencies to limit the scope of how they consider greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.

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