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States, biomass group join calls to pause ACE suit

States challenging EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule say the agency must first take action on their administrative petitions to reconsider aspects of the rule before litigation can proceed.

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EPA Cites RFS Waivers’ ‘National’ Scope In Bid To Block 10th Circuit Suit

EPA is seeking to dismiss a refiner’s lawsuit faulting its rejection of a renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waiver, arguing the regional appellate suit belongs in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit because of the policy’s “national applicability,” reversing EPA’s previous tactics in challenges to its small refiner waivers.

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EPA’s Idsal Signals Flexibility For States Planning Greater ACE Stringency

SEATTLE -- Acting EPA air chief Anne Idsal is suggesting that the agency could work with states looking to go beyond the requirements of its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule for power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions, seeming to walk back the rule’s threat to block stringent compliance plans that critics say is a major legal flaw.

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California Plan To Extend Gas Plants’ OTC Deadline Sparks Criticism

Environmental and ratepayer groups are raising concerns about the potential pollution and climate impacts of California energy regulators’ grid-reliability plan to allow several natural gas-fired power plants that use once-through-cooling (OTC) systems to operate for three years longer than the current 2020 retirement deadline for such plants.

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EPA Methane NSPS Plan Spurs Debate On ‘Significant’ GHG Contribution

EPA has formally published its proposal to scuttle methane controls for new oil and gas facilities and block limits on existing sources, kicking off a two-month public comment period that could feature a prominent debate on defining whether this sector or other industries pose a “significant” danger in terms of greenhouse gas pollution.

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Denver Ozone Fight Tests Trump EPA’s Policy On International Emissions

A fight between Colorado and the local oil and gas industry over ozone air regulation in the state could serve as an early test of the Trump EPA’s policy that makes it easier for states to avoid being penalized for being out of attainment with federal ambient air standards by accounting for air pollution from overseas in attainment findings.

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ACE critics seek to stay suit until NSR rule completed

Environmentalists are seeking to stall a case for which EPA is seeking expedited review.

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GAO finds BLM oil, gas well bonds insufficient for cleanups

The Government Accountability Office is urging Congress and the Bureau of Land Management to increase the amount of money the bureau collects from oil and gas well operators to better fund the cleanup of orphaned wells.

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OMB completes review of proposed DOE mercury storage fees rule

The Energy Department’s proposed elemental mercury storage fees rule is part of a program to designate a facility for long-term storage of the substance under a 2008 law banning the export of mercury.

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D.C. Circuit scraps long-paused CPP suit as ‘moot’

The court’s decision has long been expected, though it nonetheless ends the lengthy and complicated D.C. Circuit review of litigation over the Clean Power Plan without ever issuing a merits ruling.

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