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House GOP taps Rodgers to be Energy & Commerce leader

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), who has served as a member of House Republican leadership, will be the first woman of either party to serve in the top leadership role on the committee.

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Panel Vote On Nuclear Bill Previews Challenges For Biden Climate Strategy

The Senate environment committee has cleared a bill to promote carbon-free nuclear energy with bipartisan support, but Democratic climate stalwarts opposed the measure, arguing it undercuts expanded use of renewable energy such as wind and solar, likely previewing challenges facing the Biden administration’s climate strategy which embraces nuclear.

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EPA Region 6 seeks public input on Texas oil & gas NPDES permitting

The agency’s Region 6 is taking public comment until Jan. 11 on Texas’ request to receive delegated Clean Water Act permitting authority for discharges from oil and gas activities.

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Biofuels group threatens EPA with suit over delay issuing 2021 RFS

Growth Energy is threatening to sue EPA to force issuance of renewable fuel standard biofuel blending volumes, but others in the biofuels sector advocate waiting for the Biden administration to decide the issue.

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Democrats, Former CEQ Officials Back Environmentalists’ NEPA Rule Suit

Top Hill Democrats, former White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) officials and over four dozen law professors are backing environmentalists’ challenge to the Trump CEQ’s rewrite of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing rules, filing rare amicus briefs in a federal district court challenge to the rule.

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Utah gas services firm sues EPA in novel air permit dispute

The gas services company argues that an earlier consent decree with EPA excluding some of its equipment from regulation should also extend the exclusion to its Clean Air Act operating permit.

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4th Circuit Stays Pipeline CWA Permit Due To Error With Corps’ Approval

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit stayed the use of a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline last month because the Army Corps of Engineers likely erred in approving the use of the permit for the pipeline, although environmentalists’ broader challenges to the permit are unlikely to succeed.

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Ethanol group urges EPA to delay 2021 RFS until Biden takes office

“At this point, it likely makes more sense to let the new administration handle” the 2021 renewable fuel standard rulemaking process, says Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper.

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Environmentalists file suit over ‘Part A’ coal ash rule

Nine environmental groups are suing over the rule that opened new avenues for ash sites to seek extensions of closure deadlines, although the incoming Biden administration could rework or withdraw it.

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Split 8th Circuit Backs North Dakota’s Interpretation Of EPA Air Permit Rules

A divided federal appeals court panel is backing North Dakota’s right to interpret EPA’s Clean Air Act permitting policies in a dispute over the state’s issuance of a “minor source” permit for a coal mine and processing facility, but a dissenting judge warns the court is creating a new test for deference to states’ interpretation of federal laws.

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