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Signaling Priorities, EPA’s Unified Agenda Omits, Delays Key Air Rules

The EPA air office’s just-issued regulatory agenda omits some key rulemakings expected from the agency, such as revisions to air quality standards, or delays others without deadlines for action, as officials wrestle with prioritizing its actions while faced with a daunting workload and still-limited resources to deal with a multitude of problems.

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Biden Agenda Signals EPA’s Priority GHG Focus On Vehicles, Methane

EPA’s unified agenda of upcoming regulatory actions offers new details on agency timelines for prioritizing light-duty vehicle standards and oil and gas sector methane controls in its initial greenhouse gas regulations, while appearing to confirm GHG rules for power plants are proceeding on a slower regulatory track.

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States Seek Corps’ Talks To Resolve Fight Over CWA Permit Certifications

Attorneys general (AGs) from six states are urging the Army Corps of Engineers to “change course and engage with” states to solve a dispute over states’ role in issuing Clean Water Act (CWA) water quality certifications for a slew of Corps-issued dredge-and-fill general permits, saying the states and EPA have proposed possible resolutions.

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Environmentalists sue over Trump-era NWP 12 update

In new litigation, environmental groups argue a Trump-era Clean Water Act dredge-and-fill permit for oil and gas pipelines fails to comply with a previous court order.

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Senate’s CRA Methane Vote Tees Up Question Of Interim EPA Guidance

The Senate is poised to approve a resolution that would overturn the Trump EPA’s repeal of oil and gas sector methane limits, teeing up questions about whether EPA must issue interim guidance to address the move even before it issues expected new rules governing the potent greenhouse gas.

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House Democrats urge Biden to reconsider NWP 12

A group of 28 House Democrats wants the Biden administration to rethink the use of Clean Water Act general permits for oil and gas pipelines, raising specific concerns about a planned pipeline in Tennessee.

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Senate confirms Mallory as Biden CEQ chief

Three Senate Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to approve Brenda Mallory’s nomination to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

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House Democrats push grants program to plug abandoned oil, gas wells

House Democrats are backing legislation to create an $8 billion grants program to plug thousands of orphan oil and gas wells across the country, mirroring measures in President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan.

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Shell Urges Congress To Pass CRA Repeal Of Trump EPA Methane Rule

The oil giant Shell is ramping up its support for EPA to impose direct methane standards for the industry, urging lawmakers to approve a pending congressional resolution that would rescind the Trump administration’s rule scuttling methane and other emissions controls on oil and gas facilities.

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Environmentalists Press EPA For Multipollutant Power Sector Agenda

Major environmental groups are urging President Joe Biden to set a “clear and aggressive schedule” for EPA to curb climate and conventional pollutants from power plants using air, water and waste laws, underscoring the pressures facing the fossil fuel-fired plants regardless of whether Congress enacts clean energy measures.

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