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Environmentalists prepare to challenge final ACE rule

EPA could finalize its Affordable Clean Energy rule to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan as soon as next week, and environmentalists are previewing a range of legal criticisms of the measure.

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Biden Climate Plan Signals Bid For Support Across Political Spectrum

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s climate platform signals an effort to achieve broad support for his 2020 presidential bid by endorsing technologies backed by key unions, adopting a tough line against China to woo Trump voters, and touting his experience by embracing and pledging to “go well beyond” Obama-era policies.

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Facing Opposition, EPA Moves Quickly On CWA Section 401 Guide

EPA has sent for White House review its contentious guidance expected to narrow states’ authority to reject or modify federal Clean Water Act (CWA) permits under the law’s section 401, teeing up release of the new guide by the president’s June 8 deadline and a likely legal challenge from states that oppose any new curbs on their authority.

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D.C. Circuit Upholds FERC Pipeline Order But Doubts Its Climate Claims

A federal court has dismissed a suit over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of a closely watched natural gas project on procedural grounds, but the court rejected many of FERC’s substantive arguments for avoiding a broad climate change analysis and may provide a roadmap for future litigation.

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Flurry of OMB Meetings On ACE Suggests EPA Nearing Final Regulation

The White House regulatory officials are hosting a series of meetings for outside groups to make one last pitch for changes they would like to see in EPA’s forthcoming final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to limit coal power plants’ greenhouse gases, suggesting the final rule could be signed by the end of June as EPA has planned.

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EDF Deal May Hamper Any Challenge To Novel EPA Air Trading Plan

EPA is proposing a potentially precedent-setting voluntary emissions trading system for an area in Utah to ease oil and gas extraction permitting, though environmentalists, who say the plan is likely inadequate to curb ozone, may be reluctant to challenge it because of a novel deal they have reached with a local tribe not to challenge a related permit “streamlining” plan.

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CEQ Rewrite Of NEPA Implementing Rule May Face Challenging Timeline

The White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) plan to streamline agencies’ requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) may face long delays that threaten hopes to finish the policy in President Donald Trump’s current term, sources say, even though CEQ will submit the plan for inter-agency review next month.

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Quoted: Wheeler floats oil & gas sub-sector plan to avoid methane limits

The EPA chief says a proposal to avoid direct methane limits for the industry could be released “in the next few months.”

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Wheeler floats oil & gas sub-sector plan to avoid methane limits

The EPA chief says a proposal to avoid direct methane limits for the industry could be released “in the next few months.”

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States Resist CZMA Rollbacks, Previewing Responses To EPA's CWA Plan

In a preview of concerns regarding EPA-planned changes to states' authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA), some states are urging the Trump administration to abandon plans to change rules governing states' reviews of offshore energy projects under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), arguing there are no documented problems with the current rules.

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