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New FOIA suit queries Wheeler's contacts with energy lobby

The suit undercuts recent policies from Wheeler and other officials seeking to speed disclosures and increase transparency.

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EAB Deals Environmentalists Two Losses In Bid For Stricter NSR Permits

EPA's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has dealt environmentalists two losses in cases seeking stricter Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permits for energy facilities, deferring to state air regulators on an Arizona gas-fired power plant's permit and backing EPA Region 8's permits for a series of natural gas compressors in Utah.

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Facing Court Losses, White House Mulls Limited NEPA Climate Guidance

Following a series of court losses, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is mulling narrow new guidance to federal agencies for how to consistently consider greenhouse gas emissions in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, after it withdrew a detailed guide the Obama CEQ issued on the topic after years of work.

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TVA Urges 6th Circuit To Let Stand Rejection Of CWA Groundwater Case

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is calling on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit to deny environmentalists' bid for rehearing of a divided panel’s holding that TVA cannot face Clean Water Act (CWA) liability for groundwater leaks from its coal ash storage, arguing the decision did not break with precedent or create a circuit split.

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Supreme Court Seeks White House's Views On CWA Groundwater Lawsuits

The Supreme Court is giving the Trump administration just one month to weigh in on whether the Clean Water Act (CWA) limits pollution that travels through groundwater to protected surface waters, potentially posing a difficult test for EPA as the agency is in the early stages of crafting a rule or guidance to address the same question.

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Final EPA 2019 RFS Gives Modest Hike To Cellulosic Fuel Production Goal

EPA's final 2019 renewable fuel standard (RFS) production goals largely echo the proposed version of the rule but also include a modest hike for cellulosic biofuel targets over the proposal, disappointing biofuels groups that lobbied EPA to increase all fuel volume categories to compensate for RFS waivers it will likely grant to small refiners.

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EPA signs MOU to bolster work with oil and gas policy review group

The new agreement deepens EPA's collaboration with the State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations, a group that includes EPA, states, industry and environmentalists.

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6th Circuit lets RCRA suit stand despite state cleanup plan

The appeals court is letting environmentalists sue over “imminent and substantial endangerment” from a Kentucky power plant already subject to a state-crafted plan addressing leaks to groundwater.

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On Eve Of 2019 RFS Final Rule, EPA Said To 'Freeze' Small Refiner Waivers

On the eve of EPA's release of its final 2019 renewable fuel standard (RFS) production goals, the agency is said to have decided to “freeze” its controversial use of RFS waivers for small refiners, reportedly suspending its issuance of waivers pending a review of its methodology following pressure from biofuels groups and fuel retailers.

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Groups detail state rule gaps amid methane rollback

Environmental and taxpayer groups say the Trump administration's rollback of methane rules for oil and gas sites on federal lands leaves a “patchwork” of state programs that will boost pollution and waste of public resources.

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