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Environmentalists sue EPA to force action on oil & gas air plans

Environmentalists’ suit seeks to force reductions in both ozone and methane based on Obama-era requirements for oil and gas drilling operations.

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Groups Split On Power Plant ELG But All Doubt EPA’s Cost-Benefit Study

Utilities, environmentalists and Democratic state attorneys general (AGs) are outlining lengthy, opposing criticisms of EPA’s proposed changes to the Obama-era power plant effluent rule, though they all question the agency’s claim that its plan will achieve greater pollution reductions at a lower cost than the 2015 rule.

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Groups Urge Full D.C. Circuit To End FERC ‘Tolling Orders’ In Pipeline Suit

Environmental groups and aligned states are urging a full federal appeals court to overturn a three-judge panel’s split ruling that upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) use of “tolling orders” that allow it to defer final administrative action on pipelines or other energy infrastructure, while allowing the projects at issue to proceed.

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Environmentalists Urge Stronger SAB Criticism Of EPA’s MATS Rollback

Environmental groups are urging EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) to strengthen its critique of the agency’s plan to undo the cost review underpinning the legal basis for the Obama-era utility air toxics rule, praising SAB’s criticism of flaws in the rule but seeking the board’s push-back on its approach to cost-benefit reviews.

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NRDC Seeks Speedy Ruling On Vehicle GHG Model, Citing OMB Review

Environmentalists are urging an appellate court to rule quickly in their already expedited case seeking release of an EPA computer model they hope will show that current vehicle greenhouse gas rules are lower than the administration claims, citing the formal start of the White House’s review of rules rolling back the current standards.

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Environmentalists Expand Suit Targeting Western Oil & Gas Leasing

Environmental groups are significantly expanding their litigation challenging the climate change-related analysis supporting federal oil and gas drilling leases across the West, targeting over 2,000 leases in five states while also trying to block nearly 500 separate leases that were the subject of a prior suit from the groups.

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EPA Defends Not Compensating For Small Refinery Waivers In 2019 RFS

EPA is defending its decision not to use its 2019 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rule to compensate for lost biofuels production as a result of RFS waivers that the agency might have granted for that compliance year, even as the Trump administration vows to shift to a policy that could reduce the number of exemptions granted.

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GAO grants request to review EPA’s RFS waivers

The Government Accountability Office is granting a request from a bipartisan group of 12 House lawmakers to evaluate EPA’s controversial issuance of renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers.

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NEPA Fight Starts On Trump’s Plan To Curb ‘Effects’ Agencies Must Review

The fight over the Trump administration’s plan to scale back implementing rules for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is kicking into gear, with the proposal’s narrower definition of the “effects” agencies must consider in environmental reviews of major projects emerging as a significant early battleground.

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4th Circuit rejection of air permit creates new hurdle for Atlantic pipeline

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in a new air permit ruling creates a fresh hurdle for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline intended to bring fracked natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina.

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