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Duke challenges North Carolina’s coal ash excavation order

Duke Energy is asking an administrative review office to block the state’s mandate for it to remove previously-disposed coal ash from six former power plants.

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EIP seeks stricter SO2 air permits, monitoring for Texas drilling

Oil and gas drilling in West Texas is creating dangerously high levels of sulfur dioxide emissions that justify stricter air controls from the state and EPA, the Environmental Integrity Project says.

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Democratic lawmakers float clean energy standard bill

The lawmakers say the standard in their bill would cut power sector carbon emissions by “nearly” 80 percent by 2035 carbon emissions by “nearly” 80 percent by 2035 compared to a 2005 baseline.

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Colorado environmentalists sue oil & gas drillers over permit dispute

WildEarth Guardians argues that oil and gas companies have unlawfully begun operations without going through the permitting process during a 90-day “grace period.”

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Former Obama EPA Adviser Offers Blueprint for Post-2020 Climate Agenda

A new climate change policy blueprint from a top former Obama EPA official prioritizes a post-2020 push on cap-and-trade legislation for power plants and various industrial sectors over new Clean Air Act regulations, while recommending other administrative and legislative policies for an “ambitious but achievable” agenda.

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Former Obama EPA Adviser Offers Blueprint For Post-2020 Climate Agenda

A new climate change policy blueprint from a top former Obama EPA official prioritizes a post-2020 push on cap-and-trade legislation for power plants and various industrial sectors over new Clean Air Act regulations, while recommending other administrative and legislative policies for an “ambitious but achievable” agenda.

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EPA sends proposed 2020 RFS rule for OMB review

The agency’s proposal is the first step in a months-long process of aiming to issue final 2020 compliance year renewable fuel standard production goals by a Nov. 30 statutory deadline.

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Judges Raise Procedural Doubts About Biofuel Sector’s RFS Waiver Suit

Appellate court judges May 7 raised doubts about the procedural posture of biofuels producers’ legal challenge to EPA’s retroactive issuance of renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers to refining companies as they questioned whether there is a specific “final” agency policy at issue.

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Oregon rejects CWA 401 certification for proposed LNG facility

The state accelerated its decision due to uncertainty over its deadline and before EPA limits states' authority in response to a recent White House executive order.

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Environmentalists press for upstream GHG review in FERC suit

Groups that are advancing one of a suite of court challenges to FERC’s gas infrastructure approvals argue the panel is “false” when it claims pipelines will not cause development of gas reserves.

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