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EPA Will Pursue Appeal Of Deadline For Study Of Air Rules' 'Jobs' Effects

EPA is signaling that it will ask an appeals court to at least extend the deadline a district judge set for a sweeping review of how its Clean Air Act rules have affected power sector employment -- the first indication that the Trump administration will continue litigating the case despite environmentalists' concerns that it would reverse course.

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Litigation: D.C. Circuit sets argument in utility ELG FOIA suit

The appellate court will hear argument April 10 in environmentalists' suit aiming to force release of data EPA gathered when crafting its power plant effluent rule.

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States Urge White House To Lift Halt On Corps' Nationwide Water Permits

State environment regulators are urging the White House to lift a regulatory halt barring the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing its Clean Water Act (CWA) nationwide permits (NWPs), saying that ongoing infrastructure projects such as pipeline construction face regulatory “confusion” from the prohibition.

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Environmentalists, States Fight Effort To Delay Utility MACT Suit Briefing

Environmentalists and states that support EPA's utility air toxics rule are fighting a request from the power sector and other states to delay briefing in litigation over the agency's cost review for the regulation, rejecting the claim that the transition to the Trump administration warrants the delay to allow time for potential new settlement talks.

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Refiner's Suit Eyes Alternate Path To Shift EPA's RFS 'Point Of Obligation'

Refiner Valero Energy is suing EPA in federal district court in Texas eyeing an alternate way to force the agency to shift the renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance mandate, or “point of obligation,” from fuel refiners and importers to blenders, saying EPA has failed to meet a Clean Air Act mandate to ensure the duty is “appropriate.”

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Litigation: Seeking Trump deal, critics ask court to delay mercury rule suit

States and industry say the extra time in the suit could potentially help them reach a settlement with the Trump EPA.

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Refiners, Ethanol Groups Ramp Up Legal Attacks On EPA's Multi-Year RFS

Groups suing EPA over the Obama administration's multi-year renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes rule are ramping up their legal attacks in new briefs, with refiners doubling down on their claim that its compliance mechanism is flawed while ethanol groups argue the agency should have set more ambitious fuel production targets.

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Trump EPA Weighs CPP Repeal Options, Including 112 Exclusion Reversal

The Trump EPA is expected to soon begin weighing options for targeting the agency's power plant greenhouse gas rule, with sources saying the administration faces a dilemma in deciding whether to scrap the rule by reversing the agency's current interpretation of the so-called “112 exclusion,” or to retain the rule but significantly weaken its requirements.

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States Seek To Intervene In Suits Over EPA's ESPS Reconsideration Denials

A coalition of states is seeking to intervene in consolidated litigation brought by a separate coalition of states and industry groups over EPA's denial of administrative petitions to reconsider various aspects of its greenhouse gas standards for existing power plants, litigation that could allow the Trump administration to overturn key parts of the rule should it be upheld.

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Litigation: D.C. Circuit sets argument date for RFS suit

The arguments could force the Trump administration to indicate how it plans to address portions of the controversial program.

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