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Climate Policy Watch

Environmentalists Urge Court To Block NEPA Overhaul From Taking Effect

Environmental groups are urging a federal district court to block the White House’s overhaul of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing rules from taking effect nationwide as planned next month, charging that the streamlining measures are so egregious they warrant an immediate preliminary injunction.

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EPA, environmentalists reach draft deal on oil & gas air plans

A draft consent decree includes a series of deadlines for EPA to take action on states’ plans to curb smog-forming pollution from oil and gas facilities -- or formally find that states have failed to submit such plans.

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D.C. Circuit Rejects Anonymous Status For Refiner In RFS Waiver Dispute

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a sealed case has rejected a small refiner’s bid for anonymity in an apparent legal fight over EPA’s denial of a renewable fuel standard (RFS) economic hardship compliance waiver, forcing the unnamed refiner to either refile its litigation under its own name or drop its suit.

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D.C. Circuit severs industry suit over EPA HFC leak rules into new case

The federal appellate court has placed some industry challenges to EPA hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant leak policies into abeyance, pending the agency’s reconsideration of the regulations.

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Rhode Island Says California Cap & Trade Ruling Helps Nuisance Case

Rhode Island says a recent district court ruling upholding California’s decision to link its cap-and-trade climate program with a Canadian province helps the state’s common law climate nuisance case against oil majors by highlighting that the state’s claims are not preempted by the federal foreign affairs doctrine.

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California, Forest Service Pact Aims To Reduce Wildfires, Sequester GHGs

California and the U.S. Forest Service have struck an agreement to more aggressively manage forests and rangelands in the state to reduce catastrophic wildfires, while also aiming in the long term to sequester more carbon dioxide to help meet the state’s greenhouse gas emission targets and climate objectives.

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DNC Climate Panel Seeks To Boost Traction For Environment In Election

Members of the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) environment and climate panel are seeking to bolster the profile of climate change and environmental justice as part of the party’s virtual national convention, though the issue has not yet been featured in-depth at the event’s main stage.

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FERC, Jordan Cove Assert Domestic Benefits From LNG Export Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the developer of a proposed liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal are urging a federal appeals court to reject opponents’ claims that FERC’s approval of the project should be vacated over a failure to show a domestic benefit from exported gas.

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Democratic-led states, environmentalists challenge LNG rail rule

Democratic states and environmentalists that typically oppose steps to allow the use of natural gas out of climate change concerns are suing over a federal safety rule allowing what they call “bomb trains.”

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Groups Spar Over Vehicle GHG Testing Fix Amid Litigation Threats

Industry, states and environmentalists are sparring over EPA’s proposal to adjust vehicle greenhouse gas compliance calculations to account for its updated test fuel, with the industry threatening litigation if the agency proceeds with its primary plan while states and others arguing a failure to do so would undermine emissions rules.

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