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State AG coalition slams EPA plan to scuttle oil & gas methane limits

A group of 20 Democratic-led states and several large cities are floating four legal arguments against EPA’s proposal to drop direct methane standards for new oil and gas facilities.

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Doubts Linger Over Future Of RFS With Deadline For 2020 Rule Looming

Even as EPA faces a Nov. 30 statutory deadline for finalizing its 2020 renewable fuel standard (RFS) production goals, significant doubts linger over the fate of the program including whether the agency will meet the deadline, potential changes to EPA’s RFS waiver policy, and questions on plans for the program’s future years.

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Environmental groups demand EPA delay MATS rollback for SAB review

Environmental and public health groups say EPA must delay its final utility air toxics rule rollback, expected within weeks, until the agency’s science advisory board completes its review of the measure.

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Barrasso Touts Need For CWA 401 Changes But Lacks Timeline For Bill

Senate environment committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) is continuing to tout the need to reform the Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 certification process, holding a second hearing in as many years on the issue, but has yet to plan a markup of his bill to narrow the scope of impacts to water quality from federal permits states may consider.

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House Democrats add climate measures to pipeline safety bill

The bill would codify Obama EPA methane capture rules that Trump officials have proposed to rescind, while also extending methane standards to new equipment such as gathering lines.

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EPA proposes to strengthen Texas SO2 trading program

The agency is proposing measures to ensure emissions limits in a Texas sulfur dioxide emissions trading program are not exceeded, but still proposing to approve the overall trading plan.

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House, Senate Democrats float bill to phase out current RFS

The legislation aims to end EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) in its current form, and revise the program as a narrow policy to bolster some advanced biofuels instead of corn ethanol.

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EPA pushes to consolidate RFS waiver suits in D.C. Circuit

The agency in previous lawsuits argued that regional appellate courts should hear suits over renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers, not the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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C2ES, With Industry Backing, Floats Roadmap For Net-Zero GHG Target

An environmental group is partnering with over 20 major corporations to float a detailed policy roadmap for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including calling for an economy-wide carbon price and a suite of low-carbon policies implemented by EPA, other federal agencies and states.

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Judges Dismiss RFS Waiver Lawsuit But Question ‘Troubling’ EPA Policy

Appellate judges have dismissed on procedural grounds a biofuels group’s challenge to EPA’s policy allowing a major ramping up of renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers, but they are also signaling potential sympathy to the group’s ongoing attacks on the policy that the judges say “paint a troubling picture” of secretive agency law.

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