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In Wake Of Hurricane, CLF Targets Shell To Address Climate Under CWA

Citing the effects of Hurricane Harvey, a New England environmental group is stepping up its novel campaign to force industrial facilities to address the impacts of climate change under the Clean Water Act (CWA), filing new litigation against oil major Shell that charges it failed to address climate impacts in a mandatory stormwater plan for a Rhode Island facility.

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RFA seeks to expand EPA fuel rule waiver in wake of Harvey

Seeking approval for E15, the Renewable Fuels Association says EPA could help ease gas prices by expanding already-issued fuel standard waivers beyond Texas and Louisiana to include the entire United States.

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Environmentalists Cite Water Law, Air Act Cases To Fight Utility ELG Delay

Environmentalists are urging a federal district judge to preserve their suit over EPA's delay of an Obama-era effluent rule for power plants by arguing the Clean Water Act (CWA) allows district court cases over suspension of water rules, while citing two high-profile Clean Air Act (CAA) cases to undermine the agency's basis for the stay.

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Despite Trump Order, Draft NEPA Review Assesses Drilling Project's GHGs

An Interior Department (DOI) draft environmental review of an offshore drilling project near Alaska is assessing the downstream greenhouse gas impact of burning the project's fossil fuels using tools developed by the Obama administration, despite directives from President Donald Trump scrapping the tools.

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DOE Urges NSR Update, Says EPA Rules 'Contributed' To Coal Closures

The Energy Department (DOE) in a major new report on the electric grid is urging EPA to overhaul its new source review (NSR) program, charging that its Clean Air Act permitting requirements for major updates to existing power plants are discouraging operators from making efficiency upgrades or some environmental improvements.

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RGGI Floats Strict Post-2020 Cap, Drawing Praise From Environmentalists

The nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have released a “consensus” package of proposed changes to the cap-and-trade program after 2020, with the region's main emissions cap set to decline by 30 percent through 2030.

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Domestic Biofuels Producers May Get Boost From Import Limit, RFS Push

Domestic biofuels producers may get a boost from the Commerce Department's plan to limit some imports of fuels that qualify as “advanced” biofuels under EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS), and could also benefit if cellulosic biofuels producers succeed in their push for the agency to hike blending goals for those fuels in 2018.

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2nd Circuit's CWA ruling could bolster Virginia pipeline fight

The 2nd Circuit upheld New York's denial of a water quality certification for the Constitution Pipeline, which could bolster environmentalists in Virginia who are urging the state to block construction of two natural gas pipelines.

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Environmentalists Seek High Bar For Challenges To CWA Citizen Lawsuits

Environmentalists are urging a federal district court to set a high bar for when companies can file legal challenges in response to notices of threatened future citizen suits to enforce the Clean Water Act (CWA), saying the water law requires that companies wait 60 days after such notices are filed before they can file “declaratory” challenges.

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D.C. Circuit Requires Downstream GHG Reviews In Gas Pipeline Cases

A split appellate court panel is requiring energy regulators to assess the downstream greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of natural gas pipelines, bolstering environmentalists who are seeking to block the projects and undercutting Trump administration efforts to ease reviews of the projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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