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Trump reissues permit for Keystone XL pipeline

The move is an apparent attempt to circumvent an adverse federal court ruling that blocked construction due to an inadequate review of the climate effects of the controversial project.

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FERC Faces Major Court Risk In Suit Over Broad GHG Reviews For Pipelines

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is considered vulnerable in litigation challenging its policy to avoid considering the upstream and downstream greenhouse gas impacts from most natural gas pipeline projects, with a significant number of groups on both sides joining the suit.

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EPA issues audit policy for new oil & gas upstream facilities

The voluntary audit policy would give penalty relief to new owners of upstream oil and gas facilities who voluntarily disclose -- and address -- certain Clean Air Act violations.

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California Faces Fight Over First-Time Universal Waste Rule For Solar Panels

Entities that produce, install, manage and recyclesolar photovoltaic (PV) panels say California’s first-time proposed universal waste (UW) rules for the panels do not address practical issues or offer enough flexibility, setting up a fight in the coming months as the state prepares to submit the streamlined requirements to U.S. EPA for approval.

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Environmentalists threaten suit to force oil spill rule update

Environmentalists say EPA's rules, which have not been revised since 1994, need to be updated due to increased spill risks from Trump administration plans to open vast coastal areas to oil and gas drilling.

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EPA sends NSR air permit ‘netting’ proposal for OMB review

The agency’s pending proposal will ease Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permitting requirements for industrial facilities subject to the stringent permit program.

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Oil, Utility Groups Back NSPS Coal Plan But Disagree On Underlying Rationale

Groups representing the oil and utility sectors are supporting EPA’s proposal to no longer set greenhouse gas limits for new coal plants based on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), though the groups sharply divide on the rationale for the change and take issue with much of EPA’s explanation.

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MATS Proposal Spurs Legal Debate On Co-Benefits, Air Toxics Rule’s Fate

EPA’s proposal to scrap the Obama-era finding that its power plant air toxics rule was “appropriate and necessary” while leaving the overall rule in place is spurring debate over expected legal challenges to the plan, suits that could set new precedents on issues including “co-benefit” cost-benefit analysis and the fate of the utility regulation.

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States, industry back rehearing of ruling tightening CWA 401 deadlines

Some states and industry groups say the appellate decision limiting state reviews of federal water permits to a strict one-year timeframe will frustrate their consideration of complex projects.

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Tonko Unveils Principles To Shape Wide-Ranging Capitol Hill Climate Debate

A key House Democrat is outlining principles for evaluating comprehensive climate legislation, floating several policy concepts that could be crucial to wooing both industry and environmentalists yet promising to keep all options open on the precise design of carbon limits or other policies to reduce emissions and boost climate resilience.

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