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EPA Adopts Risky Legal Stance In ACE To Limit Air Act GHG Authority

EPA’s just-issued Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which seeks to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), adopts a risky legal interpretation arguing that the agency is prohibited from issuing the types of broad greenhouse gas standards that were included in the CPP in a bid to block a future administration from re-imposing similarly expansive requirements.

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EPA defends limited EJ review of UIC permits

EPA says its finding that an underground oil and gas injection well poses no threat to drinking water supplies should remove any need for an environmental-justice review of the well permit.

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EPA Repeals Obama-Era CPP, Finalizes Narrow ACE Replacement GHG Rule

The Trump EPA has finalized its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, a narrow policy intended to address greenhouse gases from existing power plants, while also formally repealing the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) in the agency’s first high-profile climate rule rollback to be completed.

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OMB reviewing Army Corps’ new CWA 401 guidance for states

The guidance will outline the conditions under which states may take more than 60 days to review requests for water quality certifications that allow energy and other projects to proceed.

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States Warn EPA’s ACE Rule Could Make Them Vulnerable To Lawsuits

State air regulators are warning that EPA’s imminent Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule will, if finalized as proposed, leave them vulnerable to suits from regulated utilities, their competitors and environmentalists because it does not set an GHG reduction target against which their plans would be assessed.

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D.C. Circuit Boosts EPA’s Policy On Limited Review Of Title V Air Permits

A federal appeals court has dismissed environmentalists’ suit over an EPA policy shift that bars the agency from “second-guessing” states’ Clean Air Act Title V permit decisions, boosting the policy in the short-term although the court rejected the suit on procedural grounds so a future lawsuit could still challenge the policy’s merits.

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FERC Faces Growing Pressure To Review Gas Pipelines’ GHG Impacts

Federal energy regulators are under increasing pressure to conduct broad greenhouse gas and climate reviews when approving natural gas infrastructure, with a recent appellate court ruling rejecting many of the officials’ arguments for sidestepping such analysis even though the court upheld a pair of permit approvals on procedural grounds.

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Judges Appear To Back EPA’s Narrow Stance On Title V Permit Reviews

Judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit appear to be leaning toward EPA’s view that the agency should not “second guess” states’ decisions on underlying requirements included in Clean Air Act Title V air operating permits, in the second lawsuit to test the Trump administration’s change of policy on such agency review.

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California AG Cites State’s GHG Goals In Opposing BLM Plan For Fracking

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) is citing the state’s aggressive efforts to curb greenhouse gases and climate change as key arguments in his office’s opposition to a draft federal environmental impact statement (EIS) for a plan that would allow new oil and gas leases to be issued in California for the first time since 2013.

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EPA plan to broadly overhaul oil & gas methane limits goes to OMB

The proposal is widely expected to drop direct methane limits on new oil and gas sources, relieving EPA from its current obligation to eventually regulate existing sources in the sector.

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