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Critics Flag Host Of Measures In NEPA Proposal That Chill Public Input

Environmentalists and many experts are flagging measures in the White House’s sweeping plan to revise National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rules that appear intentionally designed to chill the public’s ability to influence projects, including a first-time mandate for plaintiffs to post bonds when agencies grant requests for administrative stays.

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Long-Time CEQ Official Raises Major Concerns About NEPA Overhaul

Horst Greczmiel, a former White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) career official who oversaw its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) program for 16 years, is expressing deep concern about many aspects of the Trump administration’s proposal to dramatically overhaul NEPA implementing rules.

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OMB reviewing proposed CWA general permit changes

The proposal aims to implement recommendations in a 2017 report to modify nine nationwide permits to ease the development or use of domestically produced energy resources.

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Environmentalists sue EPA, seeking dispersant use limits

The suit charges EPA failed to update the NCP for responding to oil spills -- a non-discretionary duty under the Clean Water Act.

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EPA sends power plant coal waste air rule for OMB review

The agency’s rule under White House review would finalize a 2018 proposal to ease compliance with air toxics standards for power plants burning waste coal as fuel.

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EPA’s State Air Plan Approval Further Downplays Adverse Ozone Ruling

EPA in its final approval of Massachusetts’ plan for curbing interstate transport of ozone emissions underscores the agency’s attempt to downplay a key federal appeals court ruling that faulted the agency’s cross-border air pollution policy, with EPA approving the plan using an emissions modeling method that the court has rejected.

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EPA sends fuel rules ‘streamlining’ proposal for OMB review

The proposal currently under White House review would streamline the agency’s complex suite of fuels rules in a bid to reduce the fuels companies’ compliance costs.

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Democrats’ Infrastructure Plan Infuses Climate, Environment Concerns

Democratic leaders in the House are floating the outlines of a massive proposal to fund transportation, energy and water infrastructure, arguing that multiple elements of the plan will advance efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, in addition to tackling conventional environmental problems.

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House Democrats’ Draft Climate Bill Elaborates On Numerous EPA Roles

New draft climate change legislation from House Energy & Commerce panel Democrats outlines numerous new or expanded tasks for EPA to achieve a mid-century target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions, including stringent vehicle standards, new carbon capture permitting requirements and updated equity mandates.

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Refiners join EPA in rejecting waived RFS volumes ‘reallocation’

Refiners are throwing their weight behind EPA’s refusal to “reallocate” waived biofuel blending volumes under the 2019 RFS.

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