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EPA poised to release ANPR for CPP replacement

The notice will solicit feedback on “systems of emission reduction” and offer notice of the agency's “interest” in crafting a rule to limit power sector carbon dioxide in lieu of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.

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D.C. Circuit rejects bid to split 'obligation' issues from RFS suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will keep litigation against the 2017 RFS consolidated, including a challenge to the “point of obligation” compliance mandate.

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CBD threatens suit over EPA offshore drilling permit

The Center for Biological Diversity is threatening to sue EPA unless the agency considers the impacts to threatened and endangered species from offshore drilling discharges in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Environmentalists Vow To Fight Retroactive Application Of Pruitt's NSR Memo

Environmentalists are vowing to fight any EPA effort to retroactively apply its controversial new source review (NSR) applicability test to ongoing enforcement actions, including the pending case against Michigan utility DTE Energy whose stance Administrator Scott Pruitt has now adopted despite judicial support for the agency's prior policy.

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OAR's Wehrum Prioritizes Piecemeal NSR Reform, Narrow Utility GHG Rule

EPA Office of Air & Radiation (OAR) chief William Wehrum says his priorities following his recent confirmation include a piecemeal and ongoing approach to reforming parts of the Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permitting program, and issuing a narrow replacement rule for the Obama-era utility greenhouse gas standards.

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EPA to release CPP replacement ANPR in 'upcoming weeks'

The announcement comes just days after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt pledged to eventually issue a replacement for the Obama-era climate rule.

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Pruitt Says EPA To Weigh Limiting Oil & Gas Methane In Pollutant 'Bundle'

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says the agency plans to weigh the “significant” question of whether to regulate oil and gas methane emissions directly or as part of a “bundle” of emissions including conventional air pollutants, the latter of which likely would foreclose any future standards of the potent greenhouse gas for existing equipment in the sector.

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Trump's Call For RFS Deal Spurs EPA To Weigh Options To Ease Burdens

President Donald Trump is calling for critics and supporters of EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) to reach a compromise on revising the program, prompting the agency to launch an effort to review administrative authorities for reducing burdens on refiners in lieu of Congress granting refiners' call to repeal or reform the RFS.

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EPA Legal Interpretation Affirms No Obligation For Annual Review Of RFS

EPA in a new legal interpretation is affirming its position that the agency has no specific mandate to annually review the renewable fuel standard's (RFS) economic impact on program participants and others, outlining a defense in potential litigation from refiners and others who might sue to force EPA to perform annual RFS reviews.

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In Major Policy Shift, EPA Defers To Industry On Key NSR Permitting Test

In a major policy shift, EPA is dropping its long-running position that the agency can use its own projections of a facility's potential future emissions to trigger Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permitting requirements and will now adopt industry's approach that will defer to companies to assess whether they believe NSR applies.

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