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5th Circuit schedules oral argument in power plant ELG suit

The court in October will hear environmentalists' arguments that EPA's 2015 electric utility effluent rule is too weak.

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Barrasso Calls Bill To Limit State CWA Section 401 Authority 'Important'

Senate environment committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) is pledging to advance legislation to limit states' authority under Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 to review federally permitted projects to determine their impacts on state water quality, despite strong opposition from Democrats and widespread concern from states.

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Judge orders new NEPA review for Keystone pipeline

“Federal Defendants cannot escape their responsibility under NEPA to evaluate” the controversial pipeline's revised route through Nebraska, a federal district judge writes.

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API Steps Up Attack On Biofuels Industry Push For Year-Round E15 Waiver

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is stepping up its attack on the biofuels industry push for EPA to grant a waiver allowing year-round sales of ethanol blends up to 15 percent (E15), warning that the domestic fuel market lacks the necessary infrastructure to handle E15 and that the fuel poses a risk of damage to car, motorbike and boat engines.

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EAB Case Tests Scope Of EPA's Equity Reviews For UIC Permit Decisions

A new EPA Environmental Appeals Board case contesting an agency-issued underground injection control (UIC) permit aims to force the agency to give greater weight to environmental justice (EJ) concerns and drinking water impacts when it considers Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) permits for oil extraction, waste disposal and other uses.

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EPA Fights Sierra Club's Push For Strict Deadlines To Complete RFS Study

EPA is fighting Sierra Club's call for a federal district court to set a Dec. 31 deadline for the agency to complete an overdue study mandated by law on the renewable fuel standard's (RFS) environmental impacts, instead asking the court for more than a year to complete it and to defer a deadline for “follow-up” action to mitigate any adverse impacts.

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Refiners Eye Departing If California Seeks To Offset Lost Vehicle GHG Cuts

Some oil refiners are threatening to leave California if the state imposes new greenhouse gas limits on the sector to offset reductions lost as a result of the Trump administration's planned roll back of Obama-era GHG standards for light-duty vehicles, though one source says refiners should await any plan from the Golden State before taking action.

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Environmentalists threaten suit over EPA guide for state ash permits

Environmentalists say EPA has a statutory mandate to craft a binding rule governing the terms of public participation in state coal ash permit programs, but has only issued a guidance on the subject.

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States' Oil & Gas Methane Suit Could Force Stricter EPA Clean Air Policies

AUSTIN, TX -- Pending litigation from 15 states and environmentalists to force the Trump EPA to issue first-time methane emissions standards for existing oil and gas equipment could, if successful, broadly force the agency to issue tougher Clean Air Act rules for several sectors, according to legal experts.

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Environmentalists Launch New Civil Rights Strategy To Fight Gas Pipelines

Environmentalists are pursuing a new strategy to challenge natural gas pipeline construction, filing at least two petitions with EPA alleging that two states' approvals of the pipelines violate the Civil Rights Act because the states did not consider whether the project's route would disproportionately impact disadvantaged residents.

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