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California-EPA Spat Over Vehicle GHG Rules Explodes Into Major Fight

Tensions between California and the Trump administration over auto greenhouse gas rules that simmered for more than a year have exploded into an all-out legal and policy fight, with the two sides ramping up their attacks including EPA’s threats to revoke the state’s delegated water law authorities and yank federal highway funds.

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Venue, Other Fights Could Set Pace Of California Vehicle Program Battle

The speed of litigation over the Trump administration’s revocation of California’s vehicle greenhouse gas authority will depend on several factors, including disputes over the proper court venue for the case, potential government requests to expedite proceedings and the unknown effect of related auto GHG litigation, experts say.

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Alaska groups sue EPA over Pebble Mine ‘veto’ reversal

Native Alaskans and commercial fishermen in new litigation are claiming EPA’s withdrawal of a planned “veto” of the contentious Pebble Mine was arbitrary and capricious.

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EPA Rejects Claim Of California ZEV Rules Offering Air Quality Benefit

The Trump administration, as part of its final revocation of California’s authority for its vehicle greenhouse gas and zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) programs, is rejecting claims from the programs’ supporters that the ZEV rules in particular improve local air quality, citing the state’s declarations appearing to downplay the rules’ benefits.

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EPA Undoing California Vehicle Power May Bolster Suit On GHG Finding

Environmentalists are citing language in EPA’s rule undoing California’s authority to set stricter vehicle greenhouse gas limits to boost their lawsuit over the Trump administration’s 2018 finding calling for weaker federal vehicle GHG rules, claiming the language aids their claim that the finding is a “final” action subject to court review.

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Courts Wrestle With Potential Impact Of ‘Repeal’ Rule On CWA Litigation

Federal courts are wrestling with the potential impact of EPA’s rule repealing the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction policy on litigation over the 2015 standard, including whether to put the challenges on hold until the repeal takes effect or potentially vacate the existing standard in cases where it has been remanded to the agency.

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States say CSAPR rulings invalidate EPA ozone petition denials

East Coast states say that the D.C. Circuit must vacate EPA’s denial of their petitions for direct regulation of upwind ozone, based on its recent rulings in two key interstate pollution cases.

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States, Environmentalists Intervene To Protect EPA Air Law GHG Authority

States and environmental groups challenging EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule as too weak are also seeking to intervene on EPA’s behalf to defend the agency’s underlying authority to regulate power sector GHGs, asking an appellate court to allow them to weigh in on that specific issue.

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Environmentalists Step Up Legal Pressure For EPA Species Review Of RFS

Environmentalists are stepping up legal pressure on EPA over its failure to conduct a broad review of the potential impacts to endangered species from its renewable fuel standard (RFS), raising the claim in litigation over the 2019 RFS even as the agency grapples with a court remand demanding it address the lack of a review for the 2018 RFS.

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Refiner Rejects EPA’s Claim Of ‘National’ Scope For RFS Hardship Waiver

Small refiner Sinclair Wyoming Refining is fighting to keep its challenge to EPA’s denial of a renewable fuel standard (RFS) economic hardship waiver in regional appellate court, as the agency seeks to dismiss the case and hear challenges to RFS waivers as “national” actions in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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