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OMB schedules stakeholder meetings on EPA coal plant NSPS rewrite

White House officials have scheduled meetings with outside groups on the EPA measure through Jan. 5, which is just 15 days before President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated.

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Omnibus Deal Offers Biden Initial Climate Wins But Omits Broad Authority

The broad year-end spending and policy deal Congress approved this week includes provisions that Democrats say are significant advances in cutting carbon emissions and promoting clean energy, though it falls short of comprehensive climate mitigation authority that may remain elusive for the incoming Biden administration.

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Power sector intervenes in coal ash litigation to defend EPA rules

The Utility Solid Waste Activities Group is asking to intervene in support of EPA’s rule extending closure deadlines for many coal ash facilities, even if the Biden administration drops its defense of the policy.

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Two states, environmentalists appeal vacatur of BLM methane air rule

The latest court action adds to years of legal and regulatory uncertainty over the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Obama-era methane “waste” standards.

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Non-Utility Industries Urge EPA Against Potential Expansion Of CSAPR

Groups representing the paper sector, boiler owners and other industries are urging EPA against revising its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program to force air pollution cuts from non-utility sources, saying any attempt at a “one-size fits all” strategy targeting a wide range of sources is not achievable.

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EPA, Oil Industry Fight Biofuel Groups’ Push To Restore 2016 RFS Target

EPA and oil industry groups are fighting biofuel producers’ push for a federal appeals court to enforce its remand of Obama EPA biofuel blending mandates for 2016 and boost ethanol volumes under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), arguing that the pro-ethanol groups cannot force the court to order such a hike in biofuels blending.

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After Major Pushback, NRC Drops Plan To Ease Nuclear Waste Disposal

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is dropping its plan to relax disposal requirements for some radioactive waste through an interpretive rule after receiving major pushback from environmentalists, states and even industry, along with concern from EPA that the proposal lacked adequate safeguards or other limits on the waste.

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Industry Groups At Odds Over Corps’ Plan To Split ‘Utility Line’ CWA Permit

Groups representing major industries are at odds over the Army Corps of Engineer’s proposal to divide one of its Clean Water Act (CWA) general permits into three categories, with utility and other sectors that would be subject to the new permits generally backing the measure while the oil and gas industry is calling the change flawed and confusing.

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Oil & gas sector introduces voluntary program to limit flaring

The Environmental Partnership coalition of oil and gas companies is launching a bid to voluntarily reduce the amount of excess gases flared, or burned off, at their operations.

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EPA defends HFC leak rule rollback but Biden might undo decision

The Trump administration is defending its decision not to require leak reduction mandates for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), but the Biden administration or Congress could undo the action.

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