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CPP Backers Seek Ruling, Charging Repeal Leaves GHG Duty 'Unfulfilled'

In a potential threat to Trump administration efforts to roll back the Clean Power Plan (CPP), state and environmentalist supporters of the rule are urging an appellate court to issue a long-delayed ruling in litigation over the rule's merits, charging that EPA efforts to repeal it without firm plans for a replacement would leave its obligation to regulate power sector greenhouse gases “unfulfilled.”

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Utilities make up bulk of industry coalition seeking to preserve auto rules

The group includes two automakers that exclusively build electric vehicles, with most of its other members drawn from power companies that would benefit from wider deployment of such vehicles.

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Pruitt's Plan To Repeal CPP Poses Legal Risk For EPA Due To GHG Mandates

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) without formally proposing a replacement appears aimed at minimizing political blowback from conservatives hostile to any greenhouse gas controls but could pose a legal risk for the agency if the courts interpret it as dilatory given mandates to regulate GHGs, industry sources and former officials say.

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Texas Coal Plant Closures Raise Questions Over Future Of Haze Plan Suit

The announcement of the impending closure of three Texas coal-fired power plants is raising questions over the future of litigation environmentalists are pursuing against the state's EPA-backed plan for curbing regional haze-forming emissions, because the plan relies in part on the facilities' participation in an emissions trading program.

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Environmentalists Blast EPA's Cost-Benefit Review In CPP Repeal Effort

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and other environmental groups that support EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP) are warning that the Trump administration's draft regulatory impact analysis (RIA) to justify its repeal of the rule is so riddled with inaccuracies that it will create major legal vulnerabilities if the agency finalizes its proposal.

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CPP Repeal's GHG Impact Unclear Amid Trump's Energy Policy Shifts

Despite recent analysis showing that EPA's move to repeal its Clean Power Plan (CPP) might do little to slow ongoing power sector greenhouse gas cuts, observers say the emissions dynamic is likely more nuanced, in part because of a host of other Trump administration efforts to change power sector economics.

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EPA agrees to reconsider oil and gas air toxics rule

EPA's reconsideration of the 2012 oil and gas sector air toxics rule focuses on its use of an “upper prediction limit” in crafting the rule, and its limits for glycol dehydrators.

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Environmentalists Detail Legal Arguments Over EPA CPP Repeal Proposal

Environmentalists are outlining early legal arguments they will make over EPA's just-released proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) greenhouse gas rule for power plants, including a major question of whether EPA must take a narrow view of its Clean Air Act authority to set GHG targets for power plants and other stationary sources.

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EPA Floats ANPR For Replacing Clean Power Plan But Schedule Uncertain

EPA has submitted to the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) its draft advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) seeking comment on options for replacing the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP), a measure that will launch a lengthy and uncertain process for how -- or whether -- the agency will regulate power sector greenhouse gases.

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CPP Supporters Say Repeal Proposal Opens Up EPA, Utilities To Litigation

As EPA formally proposes to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) to limit power sector greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, supporters of the rule warn that if the agency does not issue an “adequate” replacement, then industry will face tort suits and the agency will face citizen suits seeking to force emission cuts.

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