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EPA Joins Calls For FERC To More Closely Scrutinize Amended Pipeline

EPA Region 3 is joining environmentalists and state officials in urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to more closely scrutinize the environmental effects of a developer’s plan to bifurcate a proposed natural gas pipeline in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Citing Time Limit, SAB Declines Review Of EPA Oil & Gas Methane Plan

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is declining to review the scientific and technical basis for the agency’s August proposal to scrap direct methane standards for the oil and gas sector, with many advisers citing the limited time they would have to conduct a thorough analysis before EPA finalizes the rule.

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Officials Scramble To Show Net Benefits From Auto GHG Rule Rollback

Just days before releasing their final rollback of Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, Trump administration officials have been scrambling to show the rule has net positive benefits to society given that recent drafts show the flagship rulemaking would impose greater overall costs than benefits.

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Final Auto GHG Rollback To Include Various Compliance ‘Flexibilities’

The Trump administration’s imminent rollback of Obama-era auto greenhouse gas rules will embrace several regulatory flexibilities the agencies originally proposed to jettison -- though it is likely to end “multiplier” credits for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids while extending them for natural gas vehicles, sources say.

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Citing New EIS Precedent, Court Rejects NEPA Review Of Major Pipeline

A federal district judge is rejecting as insufficient under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) the Army Corps’ streamlined environmental assessment (EA) of the Dakota Access Pipeline, citing a new appellate court precedent requiring a more in-depth environmental impact statement (EIS) for “controversial” projects.

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Climate Backers Pin Hopes On Next Virus Bill After Stimulus Spurns Push

Supporters of climate and environmental measures are turning their hopes to a potential “phase 4” bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic after lawmakers spurned a suite of proposals in an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package speeding toward approval this this week.

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FERC approves Oregon LNG export terminal

Federal energy regulators’ approval of the Jordan Cove LNG terminal is conditioned on the developer securing the state permits it needs to proceed, and Oregon has objected to the project.

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ACE plaintiffs ask court to delay briefing due to virus

Challengers to EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy utility climate rule are seeking an additional three weeks to file their opening brief in the litigation, due to the widespread fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Democrats, Other Critics Blast CEQ Proposal To Limit NEPA Reviews

Democratic lawmakers, former EPA officials, a large coalition of environmental groups and states are urging the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to drop its plan to scale back how federal agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), renewing a series of sharp critiques in formal comments on the policy.

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Amid ‘Domestic’ SCC Fight, BLM Methane Rollback Draws Judge’s Ire

A federal district court judge is expressing heavy skepticism about the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rollback of Obama-era rules to limit “wasted” methane from oil and gas operations on public land, a suit posing an early test of the Trump administration’s narrow approach to monetizing damages from greenhouse gases.

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