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Virginia completes rule to allow trading with RGGI

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) faces a May 3 deadline to issue a line-item veto of a GOP-crafted provision in the state budget that would block participation in RGGI.

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Study Warns California About Methane Levels From New Mexico Gas Imports

A study by University of Wyoming researchers and a major environmental group is warning California and other states that import natural gas from New Mexico that oil and gas drilling in the state may generate up to five times as much methane emissions than previously estimated by EPA.

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Quote-Unquote: EPA’s MATS proposal draws strong reactions

Select quotes from supporters and opponents of EPA’s proposal to undo the cost-benefit finding underpinning the Obama-era mercury and air toxics standards for power plants.

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EPA’s CCS Reversal In NSPS Could Face Hurdles From Technology Gains

A slew of environmentalists, legal experts and states are citing mounting evidence that carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is becoming increasingly advanced, arguing that poses a major hurdle to EPA’s attempt to no longer base its greenhouse gas targets for new coal plants on CCS with partial capture.

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Former EPA Air Chief Sees Standing Bar For Lawsuits Over MATS Rollback

Former Bush EPA air chief Jeffrey Holmstead is warning environmentalists and Democratic states that they lack legal standing to challenge the agency’s effort to scrap the “appropriate and necessary” cost-benefit finding underpinning the Obama-era utility air toxics rule, because they cannot show any injury from undoing the finding.

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Former Officials Warn EPA Lacks Legal Power To Scrap MATS Finding

Former EPA officials, including several who helped craft the Obama-era mercury and air toxics standards (MATS), are warning the Trump administration that it lacks legal authority for its proposal to scrap the cost-benefit finding underpinning the MATS rule, unless it pursues a major new cost review that the agency has so far avoided.

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5th Circuit Vacates Parts Of Obama EPA Utility Effluent Rule As Too Lenient

A federal appeals court has vacated portions of the Obama EPA’s Clean Water Act (CWA) power plant effluent rule as too lenient, agreeing with environmentalists that the agency acted “arbitrarily” when it left in place decades-old technology standards designating impoundments as the “best” technology for treating some forms of waste.

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Federal judge stays Washington CWA 401 case

The federal district court judge cites concerns that claims in the case may overlap with pending state court challenges where industry plaintiffs may have a better chance of relief.

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D.C. Circuit Expected To Order FERC To Broaden Pipeline GHG Reviews

Appellate judges are expected to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expand consideration of greenhouse gas emissions when approving natural gas pipelines with a known upstream producer, which would extend a two-year-old precedent requiring FERC to address downstream GHGs when the end user is known.

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Fight Over MATS Rollback Serves As Proxy For Battle Over ‘Co-Benefits’

A fight between critics and supporters of EPA’s proposal to scrap its cost-benefit finding underpinning the Obama-era utility air toxics rule is serving as a proxy for a broader battle over how, and whether, the agency should in future rulemakings count the “co-benefits” of reducing pollutants that are not directly regulated by a specific policy.

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