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Federal judge stays Washington CWA 401 case

The federal district court judge cites concerns that claims in the case may overlap with pending state court challenges where industry plaintiffs may have a better chance of relief.

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D.C. Circuit Expected To Order FERC To Broaden Pipeline GHG Reviews

Appellate judges are expected to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expand consideration of greenhouse gas emissions when approving natural gas pipelines with a known upstream producer, which would extend a two-year-old precedent requiring FERC to address downstream GHGs when the end user is known.

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Fight Over MATS Rollback Serves As Proxy For Battle Over ‘Co-Benefits’

A fight between critics and supporters of EPA’s proposal to scrap its cost-benefit finding underpinning the Obama-era utility air toxics rule is serving as a proxy for a broader battle over how, and whether, the agency should in future rulemakings count the “co-benefits” of reducing pollutants that are not directly regulated by a specific policy.

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EPA Moves To Reveal More Information On Small Refiner RFS Waivers

EPA is proposing to publish more data on small refinery waivers from renewable fuel standard (RFS) exemptions, as the agency comes under renewed scrutiny from biofuels advocates and their congressional supporters for its increased issuance of waivers, which biofuel industry groups blame for “destroying demand” for their product.

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EPA declines to tighten combustion turbine standards

EPA’s proposal to retain air toxics standards for stationary combustion turbines follows a Trump EPA pattern of declining to tighten toxics limits.

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Oil & Gas Sector Faces New Scrutiny Over Air Pollution In Western States

The booming oil and gas industry is facing new scrutiny over its Clean Air Act permits covering methane and air toxics emissions in Western states, particularly in Colorado where Democrats are codifying sweeping new limits on drilling and more than a dozen companies are facing citizen suits over their allegedly lax air permits.

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Vehicle Technology Shifts Tee Up Long-Term Emissions Puzzle For EPA

Multiple potentially transformative technological shifts among passenger vehicles are creating a long-term challenge for EPA as it tries to limit carbon and conventional air emissions from the sector, with one top agency official warning of a possible pollution “dystopia” if increased vehicle trips from ride hailing are not paired with vehicle electrification.

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Trump Critics Vow Fight To Halt Pipeline Orders Seen Blunting CWA, NEPA

Critics of President Donald Trump's just-signed executive orders (EOs) to speed environmental reviews of pipelines and other energy projects are vowing to fight the directive in courts and Congress, saying the orders unlawfully blunt long-established requirements in the Clean Water Act (CWA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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Trump Slated To Order EPA To Limit States' Review Power Under CWA 401

Brushing aside concerns from governors and others, President Donald Trump is slated to issue an executive order April 10 that will order EPA to “review and update” its policies governing state reviews of federal projects under section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), with a senior official indicating it will likely curtail states' current review powers.

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10th Circuit dismisses appeal of BLM methane rule delay

California and environmentalists had challenged BLM’s one-year suspension of Obama-era methane standards, though an appeals court found the case to be moot after the bureau finalized a rule rescinding most of those limits.

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