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Environmentalists Urge Stronger SAB Criticism Of EPA’s MATS Rollback

Environmental groups are urging EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) to strengthen its critique of the agency’s plan to undo the cost review underpinning the legal basis for the Obama-era utility air toxics rule, praising SAB’s criticism of flaws in the rule but seeking the board’s push-back on its approach to cost-benefit reviews.

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NRDC Seeks Speedy Ruling On Vehicle GHG Model, Citing OMB Review

Environmentalists are urging an appellate court to rule quickly in their already expedited case seeking release of an EPA computer model they hope will show that current vehicle greenhouse gas rules are lower than the administration claims, citing the formal start of the White House’s review of rules rolling back the current standards.

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Environmentalists Expand Suit Targeting Western Oil & Gas Leasing

Environmental groups are significantly expanding their litigation challenging the climate change-related analysis supporting federal oil and gas drilling leases across the West, targeting over 2,000 leases in five states while also trying to block nearly 500 separate leases that were the subject of a prior suit from the groups.

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EPA Defends Not Compensating For Small Refinery Waivers In 2019 RFS

EPA is defending its decision not to use its 2019 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rule to compensate for lost biofuels production as a result of RFS waivers that the agency might have granted for that compliance year, even as the Trump administration vows to shift to a policy that could reduce the number of exemptions granted.

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GAO grants request to review EPA’s RFS waivers

The Government Accountability Office is granting a request from a bipartisan group of 12 House lawmakers to evaluate EPA’s controversial issuance of renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers.

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NEPA Fight Starts On Trump’s Plan To Curb ‘Effects’ Agencies Must Review

The fight over the Trump administration’s plan to scale back implementing rules for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is kicking into gear, with the proposal’s narrower definition of the “effects” agencies must consider in environmental reviews of major projects emerging as a significant early battleground.

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4th Circuit rejection of air permit creates new hurdle for Atlantic pipeline

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in a new air permit ruling creates a fresh hurdle for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline intended to bring fracked natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina.

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D.C. Circuit severs suit over EPA ethanol policy from E15 challenge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is separating litigation over EPA’s ‘Tier 3’ fuel rule from suits over the agency’s approval for year-round sale of 15-percent ethanol fuel (E15).

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Aiming To Speed Reviews, White House Seeks To Curb NEPA’s Reach

White House officials are proposing a sweeping overhaul to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing rules, with the plan scaling back the reach of environmental reviews under the law in an effort to speed major infrastructure projects and other federal actions.

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EIP Warns Of Massive GHG, Pollution Increases From Oil & Gas Boom

One day after the oil industry sought to tout the greenhouse gas and other benefits of oil and gas drilling, environmentalists are warning that planned expansions throughout the industry could bring a 30 percent increase in GHGs over the next five years, along with corresponding increases in conventional air pollutants that harm public health.

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