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States Say EPA Must Recuse Pruitt From CPP Repeal Due To 'Closed Mind'

Twelve states and a handful of municipalities are charging that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt should recuse himself from participating in the agency's proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP), because his longstanding opposition to the rule compromises his ability to conduct a fair and open proceeding and be an impartial decision-maker.

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FERC Rejects Coal & Nuclear Support, Undercutting Trump Energy Agenda

Federal energy regulators have rejected a controversial proposal from Energy Secretary Rick Perry to offer new subsidies to merchant coal and nuclear plants for their contribution to grid reliability, undercutting efforts by Perry, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and other administration officials to bolster the coal sector.

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Oil State Senators Eye New RFS Reform Bid After Compromise Effort Fails

Oil state senators led by Republican Sens. John Cornyn (TX) and James Inhofe (OK) are crafting new principles for reforming EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS), sources say, after an earlier reform effort led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that included changes to the RFS credit system failed due to opposition from corn state GOP senators.

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California Escalates Warning Over Trump Attacks On GHGs, Vehicle Policies

California officials are intensifying warnings over Trump administration actions that threaten the state's authority to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants from vehicles and energy production, escalating an already bitter war between one of the most aggressive and influential states on environmental issues and a president who is targeting a host of Obama-era climate and environmental policies.

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CBD decries carbon impact of Trump's offshore drilling plan

The Center for Biological Diversity said that, if fully implemented, Trump's offshore oil and gas drilling plan would release nearly 50 gigatons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the emissions of nearly 11 billion cars.

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CPP Repeal Opponents Might Seek To Consolidate Suits With Prior Case

When EPA finalizes its proposed repeal of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) to cut utility greenhouse gas emissions, opponents of the repeal may ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to combine their new challenges with stayed litigation over the original CPP.

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BLM cites 'unjustified' costs to scrap Obama-era fracking rule

The Bureau of Land Management says the Obama administration's 2015 fracking rule is costly and unnecessary, finalizing a rule to repeal it.

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District Court Ruling Deals Setback To Legal Bid For Stricter Ash Disposal

A federal district court judge in Kentucky has blocked a suit by environmentalists that claimed cleanup measures at a coal ash impoundment slated for closure are not protective enough to satisfy federal waste and water laws, dealing a setback to the groups' strategy of site-specific lawsuits over ash disposal that has scored victories in other courts.

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Industry Seeks Presumptive BACT Guide In Bid to Extend EPA's NSR Relief

Industry officials are stepping up their push for EPA to grant additional relief from new source review (NSR) permitting requirements, including providing presumptive best available control technology (BACT) guidance, in the wake of the agency's new policy deferring to facility operators to determine whether they are subject to NSR.

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EPA Settles Air Act NSR Violations With Three 'Carbon Black' Producers

EPA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are proposing settlements with three producers of “carbon black” to resolve allegations that the companies violated the new source review (NSR) Clean Air Act program in enforcement actions first filed by the Obama administration against producers in Ohio, Kansas, Louisiana and Texas.

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