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Wheeler Gives Uncertain Defense Of CO2 Levels In Power Plant NSPS Rollback

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is offering a relatively uncertain defense of the carbon dioxide standards in the agency's just-proposed rollback of Obama-era requirements for new coal plants, telling reporters that the proposed limits might be tightened in response to comments on the plan.

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Senate confirms McNamee for open FERC slot

The nominee was confirmed on a party-line vote with even Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a strong coal supporter, voting against the nominee due to concerns that he does not take climate science seriously.

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EPA issues final rule to 'close-out' CSAPR

The agency's final rule mirrors an earlier proposal that says its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule emissions trading program satisfies upwind states' Clean Air Act 'good neighbor' mandates.

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EPA's New Coal Plant Rollback Proposes Significant Increase In CO2 Rate

The Trump administration's imminent proposal to roll back the Obama administration's greenhouse gas rule for new coal-fired power plants will dramatically raise the allowable emissions rate of carbon dioxide by almost 60 percent for some units, a move that will end the current rule's implied mandate for partial carbon capture, according to an EPA statement obtained by Inside EPA.

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FERC's Narrow GHG Reviews For Gas Pipeline Approvals Face Court Tests

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) narrow reviews of greenhouse gas and climate issues in its approvals of natural gas pipelines and other energy projects are facing their first tests in a pair of lawsuits in a key appellate court, after that court earlier required broad GHG considerations for a separate pipeline.

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Xcel's Ambitious Carbon-Free Goal At Odds With EPA Climate Rollbacks

A major utility with operations in eight Western and Midwestern states is vowing to sharply cut greenhouse gases over the next decade and eliminate all carbon emissions by 2050, expanding on moves by other utilities in the region to quickly drop coal despite the Trump EPA's ongoing efforts to rescind Obama-era climate rules and encourage new coal plants.

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EAB urged to uphold carbon regeneration permit

EPA and a Colorado River tribal government are defending a Resource Conservation & Recovery Act permit for carbon regeneration against a facility’s complex legal challenge.

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Senators, EV Backers Redouble Deployment Calls To Tackle Climate Change

Two Senate Democrats are re-introducing legislation to create an ambitious national zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) mandate to be overseen by EPA, offering a rebuttal of calls to scrap state ZEV and greenhouse gas rules and joining broader calls from electric vehicle (EV) supporters to hike deployment of the cars to address climate change.

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New FOIA suit queries Wheeler's contacts with energy lobby

The suit undercuts recent policies from Wheeler and other officials seeking to speed disclosures and increase transparency.

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EAB Deals Environmentalists Two Losses In Bid For Stricter NSR Permits

EPA's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has dealt environmentalists two losses in cases seeking stricter Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permits for energy facilities, deferring to state air regulators on an Arizona gas-fired power plant's permit and backing EPA Region 8's permits for a series of natural gas compressors in Utah.

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