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Court Rebukes Army Corps Over Pipeline Permit's CWA Interpretation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit is explaining its October decision to vacate the Army Corps of Engineers' use of a Clean Water Act (CWA) dredge-and-fill permit to construct a portion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a major natural gas pipeline, in West Virginia, saying in a hard-hitting ruling that the Corps lacked authority to unilaterally change the permit's conditions.

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EAB petitions add to push for equity review of UIC permits

The newly filed petitions join an already-pending case to test how far EPA must go to consider environmental justice, seismic concerns and drinking water impacts in a UIC permit proceeding.

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White House, California Talks Spur Guarded Optimism On Vehicle GHG Deal

Recent negotiations between the White House and California on light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards are boosting optimism -- albeit slightly -- that the two sides can reach some kind of deal to avert a legal collision over the Trump administration's pending plan to freeze standards after model year 2020.

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6th Circuit rehearing bid could delay high court groundwater review

Environmentalists say that while the 6th Circuit weighs a petition for rehearing on the subject, the Supreme Court should wait to consider whether the Clean Water Act limits groundwater pollution.

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House GOP Floats Bill To Create National Octane Standard, Phase Out RFS

House Republicans are floating draft legislation that would create a national standard to boost the octane rating of fuel in order to promote ethanol while phasing out EPA's contentious renewable fuel standard (RFS) program, on the eve of the agency's release of its 2019 RFS goals for producing ethanol and other fuels.

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Court agrees to hear suit on EPA vehicle GHG 'finding'

If successful, the suit could create a major hurdle for the Trump administration's plan to roll back vehicle GHG and fuel economy limits by forcing EPA to re-do its threshold determination that the limits are “not appropriate.”

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Key House Democrats Launch Early Scrutiny Of EPA Climate Rule Rollbacks

Top Democrats on the House energy committee aren't waiting until they officially take control of the chamber in the next Congress before starting aggressive oversight of Trump EPA climate rule rollbacks -- an effort that appears to both signal plans for 2019 as well as preserve jurisdiction in the event that party leaders create a special climate panel.

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6th Circuit orders response to CWA groundwater suit rehearing bid

The appellate court's order could signal interest from at least some of its judges in rehearing the case that rejected CWA liability for groundwater-borne pollution.

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Environmentalists Urge 5th Circuit To Reject EPA's Defense Of ELG Delay

Environmentalists are pushing back against EPA and the power sector's defenses of the Trump administration's two-year delay of Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) utility wastewater guidelines, arguing that the agency's justifications for extending the rule are “post-hoc rationalization” that a federal appeals court must reject.

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2nd Circuit denies rehearing in challenge to EPA cooling water rule

The 2nd Circuit rejected without comment environmentalists' petition to rehear the decision upholding EPA's 2014 permit rule governing cooling water intake structures.

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