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Environmentalists oppose pausing oil & gas methane rule suit

Environmentalists say that although they oppose abeyance, they would not oppose a 90-day extension of the deadline for parties to submit proposed briefing schedules in the case.

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Stressing Deference, EPA Argues Court Ruling Would 'Prejudice' CPP Review

EPA says any move by an appellate court to proceed with litigation over the Obama administration's power plant greenhouse gas rules would compromise and “prejudice” the agency's ongoing administrative review of those rules, emphasizing courts' traditional deference to EPA's Clean Air Act interpretations.

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EPA To Halt, Reconsider Utility ELG But Environmentalists Persist With Suit

EPA is preparing to halt implementation of the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) power plant effluent rule while the Trump administration weighs revising the policy in response to industry petitions, though environmentalists are pledging to continue litigation where they hope to defend the rule and force EPA to make it stricter.

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SBA Advocacy Office Petitions EPA To Weaken Power Plant Effluent Rule

The Small Business Administration's (SBA) advocacy office is urging EPA to reconsider its Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent rule for power plants, saying that changes the SBA office is suggesting to weaken the regulation would help the agency comply with President Donald Trump's executive orders (EOs) on regulatory reform.

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EPA Could Face Lawsuits To Force 'Jobs' Reviews Of Water, Waste Rules

A group opposed to “government overreach” is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit to uphold a district court's order for EPA to quickly assess the employment impacts of Obama-era air rules, signaling that the agency could soon face lawsuits to compel similar jobs reviews of rules issued under federal water and waste laws.

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Judges Doubt Environmentalists' Claims In FOIA Suit Over Utility ELG Data

Appellate judges at April 10 oral argument appeared doubtful of environmentalists' Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit aiming to force release of data collected for EPA's power plant effluent rule that the agency is withholding as “confidential,” saying a win for environmentalists could eliminate FOIA protections for other types of data.

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Coal Producer Details GHG Policies To Boost Sector's 'Long-Term' Future

Seeking to ensure a “long-term” future for coal, a major producer is urging the Trump administration to provide policy incentives for technologies that control greenhouse gases, amend the Clean Air Act to ease GHG rules for new power plants and remain in the Paris climate agreement in an effort to make the pact friendlier to fossil fuels.

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EPA seeks to pause oil and gas methane rule suit

The litigation also includes challenges to aspects of a related rule limiting conventional pollutants.

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EPA defends science justifying utility MACT air toxics rule

The Trump administration is maintaining the Obama EPA's justifications for denying power companies' and environmentalists' petitions to reconsider the agency's utility MACT rule.

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CPP Backers Oppose Trump DOJ's 'Open-Ended' Request To Pause Suits

Environmentalists and a coalition of states that support EPA's greenhouse gas limits for existing power plants are urging an appellate court to reject the Trump administration's request to pause litigation over the rule, arguing that it seeks an “open-ended” delay of the court proceedings while citing only a “vague intent” to review and potentially change the rule.

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