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EPA appeals board mulls novel power plant air case

EPA's appeals board is considering a novel challenge by a California citizen group to permit modifications for a gas plant in the state undergoing repairs.

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Can energy and air regulators better work together?

The Regulatory Assistance Project says integrating environmental and energy regulation will help “achieve safe, reliable, affordable, and clean energy more cost-effectively.”

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Utility ELG defenders fight EPA bid to stay litigation over rule

Litigants seeking to strengthen the Obama EPA's power plant effluent rule say the Trump EPA has no right to suspend the case while it considers revising the rule.

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EPA Grants Request to Reconsider Methane NSPS Amid Abeyance Fight

EPA has granted petitions from energy industry groups to delay initial compliance dates for the Obama-era rule regulating methane emissions from new oil and gas sources and to reconsider aspects of the rule -- consistent with a request for relief industry had underscored in a recent filing backing an agency motion to pause litigation over the rule.

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Coal Firms Cite AFO Ruling To Boost Suit Over EPA Air Rule 'Jobs' Review

Coal companies are pointing to an appeals court's ruling that struck down an EPA reporting exemption for animal feeding operations (AFOs) to support their legal standing in a suit seeking to force an EPA review of how its air rules have affected coal sector jobs, saying the ruling helps prove their claims of harm justifying their standing.

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EPA Cites Trump Energy Order In Bid To Delay Utility MACT Suit Arguments

EPA is citing President Donald Trump's executive order (EO) on reducing energy industry regulatory burdens as one of the reasons why it says a federal appeals court should halt argument in two pending suits over the Obama-era utility air toxics rule, saying it is assessing whether the rule is subject to potential revision under the order.

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EPA to seek utility MACT suit delay over environmentalists' objections

EPA has reached out to litigants to inform them of its intent to seek a delay in the utility air toxics rule case, but environmentalists say they will fight the request.

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States Eye Oklahoma Report To Guide Research On Produced Water Reuse

States weighing options for reusing produced water from oil and gas drilling operations are eyeing the imminent release of Oklahoma's study on the practice to inform their own research and regulatory efforts, but environmentalists and industry officials are warning that more research is still needed to assess and mitigate risks from the practice.

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EPA Defends Call To Overturn Ruling Mandating Air Law 'Jobs' Evaluation

EPA is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit to reject coal companies' defenses of a district court order for the agency to quickly conduct a sweeping review of Clean Air Act (CAA) policies' impacts on employment, saying that the air law's mandate for EPA to conduct such studies is not enforceable through citizen suits.

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Democratic senators question Pruitt's methane ICR withdrawl

The senators suggest the data Pruitt reviewed to reach his decision “may have consisted entirely” of GOP officials' claims that the ICR was an 'unnecessary and onerous burden on oil and gas producers.'”

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