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Biomass advocacy group claims new exemption from EPA’s ACE rule

The Biogenic CO2 Coalition is echoing coal industry claims that EPA’s legal finding in its recently completed oil and gas methane rule undercuts the authority for its power plant greenhouse gas rule.

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EPA Appeals Board Rejects Gas Distributors’ Novel Air Permit Challenge

EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has rejected a novel appeal from a Utah gas services company against its agency-imposed air permit, in a potentially precedent-setting dispute testing the boundaries of when an earlier consent decree between EPA and the company might shield some of its equipment from Clean Air Act regulation.

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EPA Biomass GHG Proposal Delayed Until After Election, ACE Arguments

EPA’s long-awaited proposal expected to declare biomass as a carbon neutral fuel under Clean Air Act permits will not be issued until after the Nov. 3 election in part to avoid undercutting the agency’s defense of its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule power plant climate rule, sources say.

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Environmentalists To Appeal Adverse NEPA Climate Oil & Gas Lease Ruling

Environmentalists are planning to appeal a federal district court ruling upholding the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review for three oil and gas lease sales in New Mexico that failed to address their climate change and other concerns, arguing the decision is at odds with other NEPA rulings in resource-heavy Western states.

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Critics Flag Net Costs As Potential Risk To EPA Oil & Gas Methane Rule

Critics of the Trump EPA’s decision to drop oil and gas sector methane emissions rules are citing the agency’s own cost-benefit analysis of the regulation as creating a possible legal vulnerability for the policy, because agency officials estimate the action could result in overall net costs to the public.

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U.S. Forest Service floats scrapping oil & gas NEPA reviews

The agency is proposing to eliminate a requirement that it analyze oil and gas leasing plans in national forests that were previously approved by the Bureau of Land Management.

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Federal district court judge denies injunction for Permian Pipeline

A federal judge in Texas says Sierra Club’s alleged harms from construction of the pipeline are either not redressable by the court or are too speculative to address now.

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Corps aims to undo adverse NEPA ruling on Dakota pipeline

The Army Corps of Engineers is appealing a lower court’s decision that it violated the National Environmental Policy Act when approving a key easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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EPA Plans Major Relaxation Of Air Limits For ‘Small’ Waste Incinerators

EPA is proposing a major relaxation of air pollution limits for small waste incinerators by creating several new “subcategories” of incinerators and excluding the smallest units from stringent regulation, part of a Clean Air Act-mandated review of its emissions rules for incinerators that leaves limits for larger units mostly unchanged.

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Corps Asks 9th Circuit To Undo Ruling On Keystone Pipeline ESA Violation

The Army Corps of Engineers is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to reverse a lower court ruling that found the Corps violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) when it allowed the use of a wetlands general permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing the lower court made several errors.

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