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EPA Faces Competing Attacks Over Proposed Offshore Drilling Permit

EPA is facing competing attacks from environmentalists and industry groups over a draft general permit for offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, with industry groups pledging to lobby EPA to ease the permit to comply with recent Trump executive orders while environmentalists are threatening to sue because the plan violates the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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CARB Faces Host Of Decisions After Lawmakers Back Post-2020 GHG Bill

Just-passed landmark legislation to extend California's greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program to 2030 presents state air regulators with a host of critical policy and regulatory choices about the program, which will have major implications for costs to regulated entities and consumers, the state's broader economy and how it reduces GHGs to meet declining emissions limits.

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Environmentalists Make Case For Broader 'Block 1' Power Plant GHG Rule

Amid expectations that the Trump EPA will scrap the Clean Power Plan (CPP) by arguing its power plant greenhouse gas regulatory authority is limited to actions “inside the fence” of plants, some environmentalists are pushing back against the notion that such an approach would necessarily result in a rule requiring miniscule emissions cuts.

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California Governor Fights To Achieve Two-Thirds Vote For Cap & Trade

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and legislative leaders are fighting to persuade two-thirds of lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly to support legislation to extend California's greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program to 2030, but it remains unclear whether their effort will succeed ahead of floor votes scheduled for July 17.

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Court Recalls Mandate In Methane NSPS Suit, But Only For 'Limited Period'

The federal appellate court panel that last week vacated EPA's stay of portions of the Obama-era oil and gas new source methane rule is granting the agency's motion to recall its immediate mandate to lift the stay, though it gives the agency only two weeks -- well short of the almost two months EPA was seeking -- before it must implement the rule.

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EPA, Industry Cite Methane NSPS Review, Delay Plans To Back Recall Bid

EPA and several industry groups are intensifying their calls for a federal appellate court panel to recall its mandate requiring the agency to immediately implement Obama-era methane limits for oil and gas facilities, charging the court's immediate issuance of its mandate vacating EPA's stay risks undercutting the agency's reconsideration of the rule and is unreasonable given agency plans to further stay the requirements.

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Methane NSPS Supporters Say EPA Recall Bid Would 'Nullify' Court Ruling

Environmentalists and a group of Democratic state officials are urging a federal appellate court to reject EPA's motion to further delay implementing Obama-era oil and gas methane limits the agency had sought to stay, charging that its request “distorts” the court mandate requiring officials to immediately lift the stay and, if granted, would “effectively nullify” its ruling vacating EPA's stay.

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Environmentalists Extend Rejection Of Methane NSPS Stay To Delay Proposal

Previewing written comments and possible future court action, environmentalists say that EPA's effort to delay by two years several requirements of the Obama-era methane limits for new oil and gas sources is an unlawful extension of the agency's earlier effort to administratively stay the rule for 90 days, which was recently vacated by a key appellate court.

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Environmentalists Seek To Extend Methane NSPS Ruling To Delay Proposal

Previewing written comments and possible future court action, environmentalists say that EPA's effort to delay by two years several requirements of the Obama-era methane limits for new oil and gas sources is an unlawful extension of the agency's earlier effort to administratively stay the rule for 90 days, which was recently vacated by a key appellate court.

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NRDC urges White House to retain Clean Power Plan

The environmental group is urging retention of the Obama-era utility climate rule even though EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was one of the leading opponents of the rule before he joined the agency.

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