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Court Faults BLM NEPA Review For Failing To Assess Downstream GHGs

A federal district court has found the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) resource management plan (RMP) for the fossil fuel-rich Powder River Basin to be in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for failing to consider the downstream greenhouse gas impacts of the vast oil, gas and coal resources that could eventually be extracted under the plan.

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Utilities, Northeast States Clash Over Proof For EPA Interstate Air Petitions

Electric utilities and Northeastern states are clashing over the standard of proof states must meet in order to succeed with Clean Air Act petitions asking for direct federal regulation of air pollution sources in one state that are hindering another state's ability to attain national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) such as the ozone NAAQS.

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Refiners' Bankruptcy Serves As Proxy For Fight Over Potential RFS Reform

A bankrupt refiner's proposed settlement with EPA absolving the company of much of its renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance mandate is serving as a proxy for the broader fight between biofuels and oil groups over whether and how to reform the RFS, while prompting concerns that it could provide a disincentive for RFS compliance.

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Environmentalists urge 8th Circuit to reconsider haze FIP stay

Environmentalists are urging a federal appeals court to reconsider its recent stay of an Obama-era plan directing Arkansas to reduce haze-forming emissions.

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Trump taps new international environment advisers

President Trump has nominated a Ford executive to head EPA's Office of International and Tribal Affairs, and shifted an Energy Department official to a top White House energy advisory spot.

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Biofuels Group Attacks EPA 'Sue-And-Settle' RFS Deal With Bankrupt Refiner

Biofuels advocacy group Growth Energy is attacking EPA's proposed settlement with a bankrupt refiner to resolve its renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance obligations as a “sue-and-settle” pact that agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has prohibited, warning it would set a major negative precedent for enforcement of the RFS.

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Environmentalists' Objections To Oklahoma's Ash Plan Preview Likely Suit

Environmentalists are previewing their likely court challenge to Oklahoma's first-of-its-kind permit program for coal ash disposal, arguing in comments on EPA's proposed approval of the permit regime that regardless of its technical mandates the state's lack of enforcement resources and public-input policies constitute fatal flaws in the plan.

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Legal Briefs Highlight Wide-Ranging Attacks On EPA's CSAPR 'Update'

A series of new legal briefs from several states, power companies and environmental groups highlights wide-ranging and often competing attacks on the Obama EPA's “update” to its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program, a program that the Trump administration is defending in ongoing appellate litigation.

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EPA Planning Streamlined Audit Policy For New Oil & Gas Facilities

ST. PAUL, MN -- Seeking to increase compliance with environmental rules, EPA is crafting a new audit policy for streamlining disclosure of non-compliance by new oil and natural gas facilities and is seeking states' input on the issue, though environmentalists and others are cautioning that strong enforcement will still be needed to deter non-compliance.

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EPA proposes technical changes to refinery air rules

EPA is proposing a series of technical amendments to its air rules governing the refinery sector, which it says will ease regulatory burdens and save the industry millions of dollars.

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