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Markey Previews Pruitt Hearing Questions Over Climate, Toxics, Spending

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) is peppering EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt with numerous queries -- on topics including climate change, vehicle rules, toxics and the agency's spending practices -- previewing concerns he and other Democrats are likely to air at a Senate environment committee hearing with Pruitt later this month.

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Company Asks Supreme Court To Limit State CWA Power Over Pipelines

The Constitution Pipeline Company is asking the Supreme Court to review and overturn a lower court ruling that upheld New York's denial of a Clean Water Act (CWA) certification for its proposed natural gas pipeline, charging that state authority under the CWA is superseded by federal energy regulators' exclusive jurisdiction over interstate pipelines as well as provisions of energy and natural gas laws.

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EPA Revisions To Haze Rule Spur Fears Of Weaker Air Pollution Controls

EPA's announcement that it will reconsider aspects of its long-running regional haze rule that requires states to reduce air pollution in national parks and wilderness areas in order to improve visibility is spurring environmentalists' fears that the changes will lead to weaker emissions controls on sources of haze-forming pollution.

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Haze Rule Reconsideration Signals Pruitt's 'Cooperative Federalism' Push

EPA's just-announced reconsideration of the Obama administration's revised regional haze rule signals how Administrator Scott Pruitt is pushing toward greater state autonomy under the Clean Air Act's system of “cooperative federalism,” where states have the primary role in implementation of clean air policy.

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ACEEE says industry in good compliance shape for GHG rules

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, which backs the current Obama EPA light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas rules, says automakers have plenty of compliance credits “left in the bank” to help meet future standards.

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EPA Defends Obama-Era CSAPR 'Update' From Competing Legal Attacks

The Trump administration in a new legal brief is defending an Obama-era rule “updating” the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule emissions trading program, rejecting some states' claims that the rule is unnecessarily stringent and other states' and environmentalists' arguments that the update should have imposed stricter air pollution limits.

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Environmentalists seek end to U.S. biodiesel mandates

Backed by former Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), environmentalists are calling for an end to U.S. biodiesel mandates, blaming the fuel for environmental damage.

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EPA Signals Flexible Approach To Court's Remand Of 2016 RFS Volumes

EPA is signaling that it intends to take a flexible approach when implementing a court remand of its renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes rule for 2016, advising refiners and importers that they need not withhold 2016 vintage credits required for compliance with the 2017 RFS to cover possible additional fuel blending mandates for compliance year 2016.

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Court advances environmentalists' Clean Air Act suit

A federal district court in Texas has rejected a refiner's effort to dismiss environmentalists' Clean Air Act enforcement action based on alleged injuries from a refinery's emissions.

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House panel backs bipartisan radiation research bill

Supporters say the bill could help EPA and other agencies set safe exposure thresholds for low doses of radiation, which could help advance nuclear energy.

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