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D.C. Circuit denies request for separate ‘electricity fuel’ RFS suit

Biogas fuel producers unsuccessfully asked the court to sever their challenge over generation of electricity for transportation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from a consolidated RFS suit.

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Critics Flag Net Costs As Potential Risk To EPA Oil & Gas Methane Rule

Critics of the Trump EPA’s decision to drop oil and gas sector methane emissions rules are citing the agency’s own cost-benefit analysis of the regulation as creating a possible legal vulnerability for the policy, because agency officials estimate the action could result in overall net costs to the public.

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U.S. Forest Service floats scrapping oil & gas NEPA reviews

The agency is proposing to eliminate a requirement that it analyze oil and gas leasing plans in national forests that were previously approved by the Bureau of Land Management.

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Earthjustice Vows To Sue EPA Over Power Plant Effluent Limits ‘Rollback’

Earthjustice is vowing to sue EPA over its final effluent limitations guidelines (ELG) for steam electric power plants, which is largely unchanged from the agency’s proposal and which environmentalists say is a major “rollback” of environmental protections established by the Obama administration.

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Federal district court judge denies injunction for Permian Pipeline

A federal judge in Texas says Sierra Club’s alleged harms from construction of the pipeline are either not redressable by the court or are too speculative to address now.

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Corps aims to undo adverse NEPA ruling on Dakota pipeline

The Army Corps of Engineers is appealing a lower court’s decision that it violated the National Environmental Policy Act when approving a key easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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NRC Nuclear Waste Plan Draws Criticism From States, Environmentalists

Three states and dozens of environmental groups are criticizing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) proposal to relax disposal requirements for some radioactive waste by warning it would leave the material unregulated, and say it would violate a host of federal laws including the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA).

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EPA Urges NRC To Tighten Radiation Waste Rule With More Safeguards

EPA is urging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to revise a proposed interpretative radiation waste rule to add a host of safeguards and limit the types of disposal facilities that can accept the waste, responding to the NRC’s plan to effectively relax disposal requirements for “very low-level radioactive waste” (VLLW).

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Corps Asks 9th Circuit To Undo Ruling On Keystone Pipeline ESA Violation

The Army Corps of Engineers is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to reverse a lower court ruling that found the Corps violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) when it allowed the use of a wetlands general permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing the lower court made several errors.

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3rd Circuit Scraps EPA Approval Of Pennsylvania Power Plant NOx Limits

A federal appeals court has scrapped EPA’s approval of Pennsylvania’s limits on ozone-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) power plant emissions, demanding the agency either mandate stricter “technology-forcing” controls from the state or impose such standards itself instead of simply “rubberstamping” the “status quo” of utility NOx limits.

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