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EPA's CCS Injection Proposal Boosts Pressure On California To 'Align' Rules

EPA's recent proposal to approve North Dakota as the first state to permit carbon capture and storage (CCS) injection wells is putting renewed pressure on California to “align” its pending rules for how CCS projects can earn lucrative carbon credits with the agency's permitting program, supporters of the technology say.

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EPA proposes new stay for Obama-era power plant ELG

EPA's new proposal could circumvent an environmentalist lawsuit that challenged the legality of an earlier agency decision to delay implementation of the utility water rule.

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North Dakota outlines appeal of oil, gas waste ruling

North Dakota is urging a federal appellate court to overturn a lower court's decision that denied the state had standing to intervene in an EPA settlement with environmentalists that outlines how the agency will re-examine its waste rules for the oil and gas sector.

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Biofuels Supporters Pitch 2018 RFS Goals To Trump EPA, OMB Officials

Biofuels makers and retailers in recent meetings with EPA and White House officials pitched their policy goals for the agency's pending 2018 renewable fuel standard (RFS) targets, including boosting advanced biofuels blending and opposing calls to shift the "point of obligation" compliance burden under the program.

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Pruitt Hedges On Future Utility GHG Rules Even As EPA Readies CPP Repeal

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is continuing to hedge about whether and how precisely the agency plans to address greenhouse gases (GHG) from existing power plants after it rescinds the Clean Power Plan (CPP), even as reports indicate the agency is poised to float a plan for repealing the Obama-era rule.

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NAS panel slated to review coal mines' health impacts

The panel is seeking to resolve contradictory findings on whether surface coal mining in Central Appalachia is harmful to human health.

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DOJ Warns Murray Precedent Could Aid Broad Attacks On Rollback Agenda

The top Trump environment official at the Justice Department (DOJ) says the administration is continuing to fight coal companies' lawsuit claiming EPA neglected mandatory reviews of air rules' employment impacts in large part because officials fear a loss in the case would open the door for environmentalists to broadly challenge the agency's deregulatory agenda.

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EPA Approval Of State's Haze Plan Highlights Questions Over Air Trading

EPA's proposed approval of Louisiana's plan for reducing regional haze highlights questions over the future of air pollution trading programs under the Trump administration, because the agency is backing the state's participation in a trading program to satisfy haze reduction mandates even though the fate of such programs remains unclear.

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Connecticut sues EPA to force ozone petition response

The state's lawsuit could ultimately force EPA to take a policy position on whether upwind emissions endanger air quality in downwind states.

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Pruitt Orders State To Justify Utility MACT Compliance Extension Air Permit

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt at the urging of environmentalists is objecting to a Clean Air Act permit issued by Pennsylvania for a coal-fired power plant that gives it three more years to comply with the Obama-era power plant air toxics rule, forcing the state to better justify the novel extension or revise the air permit to remove it.

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