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Democrats Eye Long-Term 'Carbon Price' Effort Under 'Two-Track' Agenda

House Democrats are eyeing a long-term legislative strategy to develop a “carbon price solution” to climate change, part of a “two-track” approach to the issue that will initially focus on “low-hanging fruit” policies that have a better chance of garnering bipartisan support.

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EEI touts 'impressive' clean energy shift, planned coal closures

The major utility trade group foresees more than 100 gigawatts of coal plant retirements by 2024 -- which would continue the record pace over recent years despite the Trump administration's regulatory rollbacks.

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EPA poised to publish MATS rollback proposal

The agency’s publication in the Federal Register of its plan to undo the finding justifying its utility air toxics rule will start a 60-day public comment period.

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Biofuels Groups Ramp Up Legal Opposition To Small Refiner RFS Waivers

Biofuels groups are ramping up their legal opposition against EPA’s issuance of waivers to small refiners from having to meet renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandates, filing a lawsuit targeting the agency’s 2019 RFS volumes rule and separately detailing legal arguments against EPA’s retroactive issuance of waivers.

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Wheeler Faces Criticism On MATS Rollback But Senate Confirmation Likely

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) is urging Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to drop his rollback of the Obama-era power plant air toxics rule as a condition for winning support to be permanent agency chief, but his confirmation appears likely regardless and supporters of the rule are eyeing other options to challenge the rollback.

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Environmentalists Seek To Uphold Broad Pipeline NEPA GHG Precedent

Environmental groups are seeking to persuade a key appellate court to re-confirm its landmark 2017 ruling requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to consider upstream and downstream greenhouse gas impacts of natural gas pipeline projects, though FERC is trying to limit the precedent by arguing such reviews are unnecessary if the end users of the gas are not known.

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4th Circuit remands, vacates pipeline permit

The federal appeals court has granted the Army Corps of Engineers' request to remand and vacate the use of Clean Water Act general permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

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Western governors urge Trump to preserve CWA 401 powers

In a letter to President Donald Trump Western governors are opposing an executive order weakening states’ authority to review energy projects under CWA section 401.

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Western governors urge Trump to preserve CWA 401 permit powers

In a letter to President Donald Trump Western governors are opposing an executive order weakening states’ authority to review energy projects under CWA section 401.

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Retired EPA Attorney Says Region 5 Chief Withheld NPDES Permit Criticism

A retired EPA water attorney has filed a complaint with the agency’s inspector general (IG) alleging that Region 5 Administrator Cathy Stepp suppressed critical staff comments on a water permit for a controversial Minnesota mine, clearing the way for a permit that environmentalists and a member of Congress say is inadequate.

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