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Advocates Seek 4th Circuit Decision On Right To Appeal Air 'Jobs' Suit

Environmentalists are continuing to press for intervention in coal companies' suit against EPA where a district judge ordered the agency to quickly review how Clean Air Act policies have affected employment in the energy sector, seeking an appellate ruling that would allow them to challenge the order even though the Trump administration has backed it.

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As Rule Freeze Takes Effect, Trump Readies EPA Deregulatory 'Action Plan'

The Trump administration has begun implementing its promised deregulatory agenda, blocking promulgation and implementation of recent Obama administration rules and preparing to begin implementing a deregulatory “action plan” at EPA and other agencies beginning as soon as Jan. 23.

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President Trump Quickly Renews Pledge To Repeal Climate, Water Rules

Moments after Donald Trump took the oath of office to become the 45th president, his White House was reiterating his campaign pledges to “refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water” and “eliminate” Obama-era policies like the Climate Action Plan and the waters of the United States rule.

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EPA Defends Revised Utility MACT Cost Finding From Industry's Criticisms

EPA in a new legal brief is defending its revised cost assessment for its contested utility air toxics rule from the power sector's attacks, defending its freedom under the Clean Air Act to determine whether the costs are reasonable from industry's criticisms that the assessment has major flaws including relying on “co-benefit” emissions cuts.

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Fuels: EPA launches rulemaking to streamline fuels regulations

EPA's 'Action Initiation List' says the agency plans to issue the fuels proposal within 12 months.

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Diverse Groups Defend EPA On Crucial Aspects Of Multi-Year RFS Rule

A diverse range of oil, ethanol and other fuel groups are defending various aspects of EPA's 2014-2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS) program in litigation against the rule, including an oil sector defense of EPA's basis to exercise its authority to waive statutory blending targets and biofuel groups' defense of the agency's method of projecting levels of cellulosic ethanol production.

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EPA Downplays ESPS Stringency As Trump Prepares To Target Regulation

Citing updated internal and third-party analysis, EPA is substantially downplaying the stringency of its landmark power plant greenhouse gas rule, arguing ongoing power sector trends will make compliance easier and cheaper than anticipated, just as the Trump administration is poised to take office and target the rule.

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Litigation: North Dakota appeals oil & gas waste rule settlement

North Dakota is continuing to fight a settlement between EPA and environmentalists on reviewing oil and gas waste rules.

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California: Landmark oil, gas methane rule delayed amid federal upheaval

Environmentalists grow anxious over California's delays in approving the pioneering regulation.

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USDA Finds Large GHG Cuts From Corn Ethanol, Potentially Boosting RFS

The Agriculture Department (USDA) is out with new findings that corn ethanol has far lower lifecycle greenhouse gases (GHGs) than previously thought and is projected to see further decreases, potentially boosting EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) by greatly expanding fuels considered “advanced” biofuels with very low GHGs.

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