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D.C. Circuit Poised To Hear Suit Over EPA’s MATS Startup Air Provisions

Appellate judges at Oct. 21 oral argument will hear a lawsuit filed by Sierra Club and other environmental groups over provisions in EPA’s mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) for power plants that allow utilities alternatives to meeting hard emissions limits during facility startups, which critics claim are unlawful and increase air pollution.

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Critics Of EPA Methane NSPS Rollback Warn Of Air Pollution Increases

Environmental groups and other critics of EPA’s proposal to rescind methane controls for new oil and gas facilities -- a step that precludes controls on existing sources -- are highlighting environmental damage from the rollback they argue would be much higher than the agency’s own estimates.

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RFS Waivers Proposal Raises Difficult Policy, Legal, Political Questions

EPA’s supplemental proposal to increase biofuel blending volumes required under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) in 2020 creates a host of tough policy, political and legal questions for the RFS and Trump administration, because the plan is prompting strong push-back from biofuels supporters and oil industry critics.

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Biofuels sector cites contradictory EPA position to boost RFS waiver suit

The Advanced Biofuels Association is citing EPA’s seemingly contradictory position on whether renewable fuel standard waiver suits should be heard in a national or regional appeals court.

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D.C. Circuit Weighing Pipeline Rehearing Request Over ‘Tolling’ Orders

An appeals court is weighing landowners’ request to rehear a decision upholding federal approval of a major natural gas pipeline that relied on “tolling orders” under the Natural Gas Act to circumvent the landowners’ concerns, with a positive ruling potentially easing the path for opponents to block pipelines over climate impacts and other concerns.

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McCarthy Says Courts Could Save Obama EPA MATS From Trump Rollback

Former Obama EPA chief Gina McCarthy says federal courts could be a firewall to stop the Trump administration’s imminent final rule to roll back the agency’s 2011 mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) for power plants, saying the expected legal battle over the rule will also pose a key test for cost-benefit reviews in all future air rules.

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Biofuels Groups Accuse EPA Of ‘Betrayal’ Over Weaker Plan To Boost RFS

Biofuels groups are accusing EPA of “betrayal” after the agency significantly weakened a proposal to boost biofuel blending goals under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), saying the plan unveiled Oct. 15 sets dramatically lower fuel production targets than the groups believed they had secured in a major deal with the White House.

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Environmentalists asks D.C. Circuit to put ACE suit on hold

Environmental groups say the court should put litigation over EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy utility greenhouse gas rule on hold until the agency finalizes a related new source review air permitting rule.

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Sierra Club, others ask D.C. Circuit to put ACE suit on hold

Sierra Club and 12 other environmental organizations say the court should put litigation over EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy utility greenhouse gas rule on hold until the agency finalizes a related new source review air permitting rule.

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Judge Orders Hearing On Transmission Line Removal In Key NEPA Case

A federal district court will hold an Oct. 15 hearing to decide whether he will force Virginia utility Dominion to remove transmission lines and two towers that cross the historic James River, as part of a key National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) case challenging the Trump administration’s accelerated NEPA review policies.

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