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Environmentalists accuse EPA of false claims over utility MACT

Environmentalists reject EPA's claim that the agency unlawfully weakened emissions controls in its final utility air toxics rule.

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Iowa utility joins legal fight against CSAPR 'update' rule

The Iowa municipal utility joins several other power companies and states challenging the Obama-era update to the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.

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EPA grants more time for input on adding gas processors to TRI

EPA is extending the comment period on an Obama-era plan to add natural gas processing facilities to the Toxics Release Inventory.

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Utility ELG Data Suit Spurs Competing Claims On Adverse FOIA Precedent

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.

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Settlement Would Avoid Precedent-Setting CWA Permits For 'Coal Trains'

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.

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Pruitt's methane ICR withdrawal turns focus to BLM rule

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.

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4th Circuit sets May 9 argument in EPA air rule 'jobs' review appeal

A federal appeals court schedules May 9 arguments in EPA's bid to overturn a lower court ruling forcing it to quickly review the impact of its Clean Air Act rules on coal sector employment.

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House, Senate Lawmakers Float Legislation To Reform, Repeal EPA's RFS

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.

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EPA Quickly Withdraws Oil & Gas Methane ICR After GOP State Criticisms

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.

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GOP States Call On Pruitt EPA To Scrap Obama-Era Oil & Gas Methane ICR

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.

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