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Groups Eye Suit To Enforce Ozone Guide Ahead Of Planned EPA Rollback

Two environmental groups are threatening litigation against EPA to force overdue implementation of control technology guidelines (CTGs) for curbing ozone precursor emissions from oil and gas facilities -- seizing on Obama-era guidelines that remain on the books despite Trump officials’ efforts to repeal them.

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Judges Take Different Tacks In High-Profile NEPA Remedy Rulings

Two judges are taking starkly different tacks when ruling on how to remedy federal agencies’ violations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), highlight the range of legal remedies that are possible under the law as courts sometimes remand decisions to fix violations while in other cases they scrap-- or at least delay -- a project approval.

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Amid Doubts, Acting EPA Air Chief Details Ambitious Deregulatory Agenda

Anne Idsal, EPA’s acting Office of Air & Radiation chief, is detailing an ambitious deregulatory agenda for the coming years including finalizing rollbacks of major Obama-era rules and issuing policies to ease compliance mandates for states and industry, amid observers’ doubts over the content of, and justification for, some of the efforts.

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EPA plans to release RFS volumes rule by New Year

EPA’s final RFS biofuel volumes rule for 2020 appears to be up to one month behind schedule, as the agency wrestles with how to account for blending volumes waived for small refiners.

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9th Circuit Panel Seems Skeptical Of NEPA Climate Suit Over Alaska Drilling

At least two judges on a federal appeals court panel appeared skeptical of environmentalists’ arguments that Interior Department officials violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by not adequately assessing climate change impacts of the nation’s first offshore drilling project in federal Arctic waters.

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NRDC Says Senate GOP Bill Aims To ‘Give Cover’ To EPA’s NSR Rollback

John Walke, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) clean air program, is warning that Senate legislation to amend the Clean Air Act’s new source review (NSR) program is designed to “give cover” to EPA’s plan to roll back the permitting program and make it easier for facilities to increase pollution.

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Despite Court Losses, EPA Seeks To Ease Coal Plant Rules, Irking Critics

EPA critics are casting newly unveiled revisions to water and waste rules for coal-fired power plants as part of a broad agenda to prioritize the coal industry over protecting human health and the environment, arguing that the agency is fast-tracking deregulatory policies for the sectors despite court orders to strengthen other elements of the regulations.

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DOJ Cites EPA Rulemaking To Urge High Court Rejection Of 401 Petition

The Justice Department (DOJ) is urging the Supreme Court to reject environmentalists’ petition to reverse an appellate decision limiting states’ ability to review Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 water quality certification requests, pointing to EPA’s ongoing rulemaking on the issue and the lack of judicial disagreement.

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Critics Wage Unlikely 11th-Hour Efforts To Block EPA’s MATS Rollback

Environmental and public health groups are waging 11th-hour efforts to block EPA’s final rule rolling back the Obama-era utility mercury and air toxics standards (MATS), including urging the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) to kill the rule and pressing Congress to block the rollback in upcoming spending legislation.

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Biofuels Sector Fears EPA Will Ramp Up RFS Waivers Despite Fuels Boost

A top biofuels sector official fears that EPA might ramp up issuance of renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers for small refiners for 2019 compared to previous years, despite the Trump administration floating a proposal to boost biofuels goals for next year’s RFS -- a plan that critics say falls far short of what the fuels need.

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