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EAB cites lack of jurisdiction to reject utility air permit case

EPA's Environmental Appeals Board says it lacks jurisdiction to hear a citizen group's challenge to a natural gas plant's air permit issued by a California air district.

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Environmentalists Say EPA 'Conflates' Separate Powers To Stay Methane NSPS

Environmentalists in a new court filing argue EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt unlawfully paused several portions of Obama-era methane oil and gas standards by conflating the agency's narrow power to “reconsider” aspects of a rule and pause those provisions with its broader authority to revise rules that remain in effect.

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Suit Poses Early Test For Enforcing Mandates Of EPA's Ash Disposal Rule

A new lawsuit filed by environmentalists against Duke Energy poses an early test of groups' ability to enforce the provisions of the Obama EPA's first-time Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) coal ash disposal rule, even as the agency readies guidance for deferring to states on how to craft permits that will satisfy the rule.

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Duke Defends Challenge To Environmentalists' 'Baseless' CWA Ash Claims

Duke Energy is defending its federal district court suit that aims to preempt environmentalists' litigation claiming that one of the company's power plants is contaminating waters protected by the Clean Water Act (CWA) through improper handling of coal ash, claiming the environmentalists' suit relies on “baseless accusations.”

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Texas urged to bolster fracking research

Texas-based researchers call for additional research into fracking's “potential negative impacts,” as drilling ramps up in the Permian Basin.

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Sierra Club backs EPA in suit testing 'ongoing' NSR violations

Sierra Club in a new legal brief is backing EPA's claim that violations of the Clean Air Act's new source review (NSR) permitting program are “ongoing” and not subject to the five year statute of limitations, as the group seeks to bolster the agency's appeal of a district court ruling that imposed time limits on filing NSR cases.

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Environmentalists Seek Scaled-Back RFS Due To Land, Species Concerns

Environmentalists in a meeting with EPA and the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) over the pending 2018 renewable fuel standard (RFS) targets called for scaling back the program's fuel production goals due to concerns about its alleged negative impacts on land use and potential harm to various species.

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Citing 'Broad' Reconsideration Discretion, EPA Defends Methane NSPS Stay

EPA is citing its “broad discretion” to reconsider agency rules and briefly pause such provisions as it defends its administrative stay of several key requirements of the Obama-era methane standards for new oil and gas sources against environmentalists' lawsuit asking an appellate court to halt the agency's action.

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Environmentalists, EPA Fight Over Legality Of Power Plant CWA Rule Stay

Environmentalists and EPA are fighting over the legality of the agency's indefinite stay for its utility Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent rule, with environmentalists claiming the stay is unlawful and must be dissolved while EPA says litigation over the stay was filed in the wrong court and should be dismissed regardless of its merits.

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Divisions Among Senators, Biofuels Groups Create Uncertainty Over E15 Bill

Divisions among Republican and Democratic senators, as well as between advanced biofuels groups, are creating uncertainty over the fate of Senate legislation that would lift summertime restrictions on the sale of 15-percent ethanol (E15), with lawmakers downplaying prospects for the bill after a Senate hearing that highlighted the splits.

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