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Sierra Club to hold 'alternative' EPA CPP hearing

The environmental group plans to submit a transcript of its hearing to EPA so it can become part of the official regulatory docket for the agency's proposal.

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NRDC urges EPA to hold more hearings on CPP repeal

“The agency [must] give the public real opportunities to speak at hearings in the nation's capital and across the nation when proposing to repeal the” Clean Power Plan, the environmental group says.

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D.C. Circuit extends stay of CPP suit for 60 days

The appellate court's decision is virtually identical to two prior orders holding the case in abeyance, though it did not accept a Trump administration request to indefinitely delay the litigation.

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Judges Question North Dakota's Right To Intervene In RCRA Deadline Suit

A three-judge appeals court panel at oral argument Nov. 7 pressed North Dakota to explain what right the state has to intervene in a settlement between EPA and environmentalists that resolves a deadline suit over the agency's delay in reviewing whether to revise Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) oil and gas industry waste rules.

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EPA Fights North Dakota's Bid To Use 'Settle' Order For Role In RCRA Suit

EPA is fighting North Dakota's claim that it should win a role in litigation over deadlines for federal oil and gas waste rules because of agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's recent “sue and settle” directive that pledges a role for states in deadline cases, with EPA arguing that the directive is not at issue as the state lacks standing for a role.

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EPA Floats Extended Methane NSPS 'Phase-In' As Alternative To Rule Stay

EPA is floating new legal “theories” and regulatory options to delay implementation of key mandates in the Obama-era rule setting first-time limits on the greenhouse gas methane from new oil and gas drilling -- a possible legal foundation for an alternative approach to its prior plan to outright stay major parts of the rule for two years.

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EPA Quietly Floats Data Notices On Oil And Gas Methane Rule Stay

EPA is quietly seeking comment on two notices of data availability (NODA) related to its proposals to delay the Obama-era new source performance standards (NSPS) methane reduction rule for new oil and gas drilling, measures that could help the Trump administration build a record to revise or repeal portions of the underlying regulation.

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EPA May Float Data Notice To Aid Revisions To Oil & Gas Methane Rule

As the Trump administration prepares to unveil a long-expected measure to pause provisions in the Obama EPA's oil and gas methane rule for two years, sources say the agency may also release a notice of data availability (NODA) that will help to build a record to support any future substantive revisions to the standards.

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EPA Sees GHG Cuts From Oil & Gas Settlements But Declines To Quantify

EPA officials say they expect that settlement agreements announced Oct. 31 with oil company Exxon Mobil and oil and gas producer PCD Energy requiring cuts in volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions will have a “co-benefit” of reducing sector greenhouse gases, though agency officials are declining to quantify the exact benefit.

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Democrats seek documents backing EPA cost analysis of CPP repeal

Nearly two dozen Democratic senators accuse EPA of using “mathematical sleights of hand to overstate the costs of industry compliance with the [Clean Power Plan] and under-state the benefits that will be lost” from repealing it.

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