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EPA Brief Offers Supporters Roadmap To Defend Power Plant GHG NSPS

EPA has filed a long-awaited brief defending its power plant new source performance standards (NSPS), the legal prerequisite of its landmark greenhouse gas rule for existing plants, providing a roadmap for environmentalists, states and other supporters who will continue to defend it when the incoming Trump administration takes office in January and seeks to roll back the rule.

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Despite ESPS Stance, Pruitt Has Acknowledged Market Shift From Coal

Despite pledging to roll back Obama-era climate regulations, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head EPA, has acknowledged energy market trends that spur a decline of coal-fired power -- comments that do not neatly align with Trump supporters' attacks on Obama's “war on coal.”

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Trump's Nominations Exacerbate Uncertainty About Future Of EPA's RFS

President-elect Donald Trump's list of announced and potential nominations for top administration positions is exacerbating uncertainty over the future of EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) once Trump takes office, because the nominees include leading oil industry critics of the program as well as politicians strongly in favor of it.

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GOP, Energy Officials Say EPA Fracking Study Downplays Water Impacts

Republican lawmakers and energy industry officials say that EPA's final study on hydraulic fracturing's potential impacts on drinking water resources clearly demonstrates a lack of major adverse impacts despite criticizing the agency's decision to strip draft language finding “no widespread, systemic impacts” on water resources.

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API Eyes Trump To Resolve Criticisms Of EPA Fracking Water Impact Study

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is looking to the incoming Trump administration and the GOP Congress to address its concerns about the Obama EPA's issuance of its final study on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water, which drops an earlier draft finding of “no widespread, systemic” impacts to drinking water.

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Transition: Trump to select Perry as DOE secretary

Trump plans to tap Perry to lead DOE, an agency the intended nominee had once promised to eliminate even though he could not remember its name.

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Manufacturers Outline Climate, Water Policy Preferences For Trump Team

A national manufacturers' group is pitching to the incoming Trump administration and Congress a reworking of environmental policies to ease economic impacts from regulations on the manufacturing sector, particularly advocating for changes in climate and water policies.

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Industry, Environmentalists Aim To Force Reconsideration Of Utility MACT

The utility industry and environmentalists in new legal briefs are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to force EPA to reconsider its power plant maximum achievable control technology (MACT) air toxics rule, with power companies seeking a weaker rule and environmentalists aiming to strengthen it.

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GOP Senate Staffers Predict Dim Prospects For Major RFS Reform In 2017

Staffers representing Republican senators with widely divergent views on the merits of EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) are predicting dim prospects for major RFS reform in Congress next year, given long-running regional divisions among lawmakers on the RFS and other GOP priorities such as undoing EPA's climate rules.

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Water: EPA finalizes drilling ELG compliance extension

EPA extends the ELG's compliance deadline but defers on the dispute over its definition of 'unconventional' wells, previewing a legal fight.

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