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Judge's Order For EPA To Craft Conductivity TMDL Creates Test For Trump

A federal district judge has ordered EPA to act on West Virginia's failure to craft cleanup plans for waters with high conductivity, a measure of ionic pollution associated with coal mining and other activities, creating a test for the Trump administration to either impose federal plans or invite another suit that the judge has signaled would certainly succeed.

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Observers Question Effectiveness Of Trump Permit Streamlining Orders

Observers are questioning the effectiveness of recent Trump administration executive orders aimed at speeding permitting of infrastructure and pipeline projects, including one aimed at “high-priority” infrastructure that appears to break little new ground beyond bipartisan permit reforms already in law.

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Trump DOJ Reiterates Obama-Era Legal Defense Of EPA's Multi-Year RFS

The Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) is reiterating arguments made by the Obama administration to defend EPA's multi-year renewable fuel standard (RFS) issued in litigation over the rule, citing agency discretion to fight claims from the oil sector that the RFS volumes targets are too high and from renewable fuel groups that they are too low.

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Arkansas sues EPA in bid to overturn federal haze air plan

Arkansas and several power companies want an appellate court to scrap an EPA haze air plan the agency imposed on the state, saying Arkansas has met the objectives of the federal plan.

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Suits Over 2017 RFS, Senators' Queries Add To Uncertainty Over Program

Several fuel groups are suing EPA over the Obama administration's 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) targets while Democratic senators are querying President Donald Trump over the influence that his billionaire supporter and White House advisor Carl Icahn might have over the program, highlighting lingering uncertainty over the future of the RFS.

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Environmentalists defend EPA's utility MACT cost finding

Supporters of the utility air toxics rule, including environmentalists, might have to defend the regulation if the Trump administration drops its defense of the Obama-era regulation.

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States, 'Clean' Utilities Defend Power Plant MACT As Vital For Air Quality

Several states and “clean” utilities that generate power from lower-emitting sources than coal are urging a federal appeals court to uphold EPA's cost assessment that justifies its maximum achievable control technology (MACT) air toxics rule for power plants, saying the rule continues to be vital to ensure good air quality nationwide.

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Coal firms downplay difficulty of EPA air rules 'jobs' study

Coal companies reject EPA's claim that it will be too difficult to meet a July 1 legal deadline to complete a review of the impact its Clean Air Act rules have had on industry employment levels.

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Utility MACT opponents reiterate call for lawsuit briefing delay

Critics of EPA's power plant air toxics rule say the time extension is necessary to see how the Trump administration will respond to the pending litigation.

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D.C. Circuit rejects requests for delays in utility MACT suits

The appellate court rejected without comment requests from states and utilities to delay litigation by 45 days due to the potential that the Trump administration could take steps that would moot the lawsuits.

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