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EPA, industry groups defend 'exceptional events' air rule

EPA and industry groups are defending the agency's Obama-era rule on “exceptional events,” saying the agency's definition of “natural event” is reasonable and due deference by courts.

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NRDC urges EPA to hold more hearings on CPP repeal

“The agency [must] give the public real opportunities to speak at hearings in the nation's capital and across the nation when proposing to repeal the” Clean Power Plan, the environmental group says.

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Environmentalists Urge D.C. Circuit To Reject EPA's Ash Rule Remand Bid

Environmentalists are urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reject EPA's request to remand many contested provisions of the Obama-era coal ash disposal rule while the agency reconsiders them, arguing that EPA's “eleventh-hour” request is merely a bid to avoid judicial review of the regulation.

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D.C. Circuit extends stay of CPP suit for 60 days

The appellate court's decision is virtually identical to two prior orders holding the case in abeyance, though it did not accept a Trump administration request to indefinitely delay the litigation.

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Federal prosecutors subpoena Icahn RFS data

Federal prosecutors in New York have subpoenaed documents pertaining to billionaire Carl Icahn's role in possible manipulation of biofuels markets, adding to pressure on the former presidential adviser over the issue.

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Biofuels producers urge Trump to increase cellulosic RFS targets

As a Nov. 30 deadline for issuance of the final 2018 RFS approaches, advanced biofuels interests are trying to boost their fuel volumes, while the oil sector seeks a reduced RFS.

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2nd Circuit Stays FERC Gas Pipeline Approval After State's CWA Concerns

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit has stayed a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval to construct an interstate gas pipeline, after New York argued that FERC is seeking to usurp its Clean Water Act (CWA) authority by approving the project before the state certified whether it complies with the water law.

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Environmentalists blast health impacts of coal subsidy plan

Subsidizing coal plants would result “in hundreds of thousands of tons of additional emissions,” Clean Air Task Force says.

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Some industry groups fear bill to move Energy Star to DOE

But a group representing home appliance manufacturers backs the move, noting that DOE oversaw Energy Star standards for such equipment before EPA took over those duties in 2009.

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District Court Judge Orders EPA To Release Utility ELG Review Documents

A federal district court judge is giving EPA until Dec. 31 to produce documents related to its reconsideration of the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent rule for power plants, after slamming an attorney for the agency during a recent hearing on EPA's “unrealistic” much longer timeframe for reviewing open records requests.

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