A federal appeals court is weighing final briefs in environmentalists' suit testing whether data for EPA's power plant effluent rule is “confidential” under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), spurring competing claims between EPA and environmentalists over the adverse FOIA precedent the case could set.
Environmentalists are floating a settlement with a major railway firm that would avoid setting a precedent creating Clean Water Act (CWA) permit requirements for train cars that release solid coal into protected waters during transit, but would leave in place a novel district court ruling saying such permits are within regulators' CWA authority.
If the Senate votes to repeal the BLM rule, it would leave existing oil and gas industry sources unregulated by federal agencies, though several energy-producing states regulate the sources' methane emissions.
House and Senate lawmakers are floating early legislation to either reform or repeal EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS), even as top House Energy & Commerce Committee members launch an effort to resolve myriad disputes over the fuels program in order to help craft a comprehensive RFS reform measure.
EPA has quickly withdrawn an Obama-era information collection request (ICR) seeking data on methane emissions from existing oil and gas operations -- an effort that could have formed the basis for a rule to limit those emissions -- less than a day after several GOP state officials urged the agency to scrap the ICR as burdensome and unnecessary.
GOP state officials are calling on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to scrap an Obama-era information collection request (ICR) seeking data on oil and gas sector methane emissions to inform a potential rule to curb methane from existing drilling operations, with states saying the ICR is “harassment” and opposing such a regulation.