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Democratic AGs tout court wins against EPA rollbacks

“We're winning, and we are winning at a much better clip than Republican AGs ever did under President Obama,” argues California AG Xavier Becerra (D).

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Farm groups surprised by Wheeler’s biomass permitting plan

EPA Administrator Wheeler’s three-phased plan for addressing whether certain types of biomass are carbon neutral for air permitting purposes ‘was certainly news to us,’ says a biomass industry official.

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COVID-19 Impacts Drive Huge Drop In California-Quebec GHG Credit Sale

The latest California-Quebec greenhouse gas allowance auction saw a large decrease in the number of carbon credits sold due to COVID-19’s devastating economic impacts, with slightly more than one-third of the total number of current-year vintage allowances selling at the floor price and only about 20 percent of future-year allowances selling at the floor price.

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Critics Question Trump’s Deregulatory EO, But Backers Tout ‘Fairness’

Critics of President Donald Trump’s latest deregulatory executive order (EO) are questioning whether it will drive significant new EPA rollbacks without encountering major legal problems, though supporters are highlighting another aspect that imposes a series of principles designed to ensure “fairness” in enforcement actions.

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States, Allies Launch Legal Fight Against Trump’s Vehicle GHG Rollback

Almost two dozen states and a coalition of environmental groups are filing separate litigation against the Trump administration’s final rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas standards, charging it violates statutory responsibilities and is riddled with analytical flaws undercutting the administration’s justifications for its plan.

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States file ‘protective’ challenge to EPA’s COVID enforcement policy

States are anticipating that EPA will seek to dismiss their district court suit and argue that it belongs in the D.C. Circuit.

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States, environmentalists sue EPA over auto GHG rollback

California is leading a 23-state coalition to challenge EPA and the Transportation Department’s high-profile rollback of Obama-era standards, and dozen environmental groups are also filing suit.

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In Another Win For Cities, 9th Circuit Routes Climate Suits To State Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is handing city and county governments another victory in their series of climate nuisance lawsuits against oil majors, finding that two cases seeking damages from the companies belong in California state court where the local governments first filed them.

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Attorney Seeks Eased EPA Permitting For CCUS As Oil Woes Shift Focus

The coronavirus-related disruption to oil markets might force carbon capture projects to focus less on enhanced oil recovery (EOR) to store captured emissions and more on “non-producing” storage options, according to one industry attorney, arguing the dynamic should spur EPA to ease its rules for such projects.

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DTE inks NSR pact requiring coal plant retirements

The deal resolves alleged Clean Air Act permitting violations, but the Trump administration reportedly refused to join a legal settlement requiring the Michigan utility to shutter a coal plant.

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