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In Multipollutant Bid, Petition Seeks VOC Rules For Oil & Gas Methane

A coalition of more than 400 environmental groups is petitioning EPA to regulate oil and gas industry emissions of the greenhouse gas methane as a volatile organic compound (VOC) in Clean Air Act permits to curb not only methane but also ozone, part of environmentalists’ growing push for multipollutant air rules for specific sectors.

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EPA, Canada Pledge To ‘Accelerate’ Joint Efforts On Climate Change

With President Joe Biden’s April 22 Climate Leaders Summit approaching, EPA Administrator Michael Regan and Canada’s Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson are pledging to “accelerate” cooperation in three priority areas -- oil and gas methane emissions, transportation pollution and cleaner power -- to address climate change.

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CEQ Nominee Mallory Sidesteps GOP Queries On Former SELC Advocacy

Brenda Mallory, the nominee to lead the Biden White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), is sidestepping GOP senators’ queries about whether her previous policy advocacy work with the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), including opposing fossil fuel energy sources, will affect the decisions she would make at CEQ.

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CRA Risks Downplayed As Democrats Seek To Revoke EPA Methane Rule

Democrats are poised to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to scrap the Trump EPA’s rule that rescinded direct oil and gas methane limits, despite earlier concerns from some Democratic supporters about lending credence to a deregulatory tool whose use many environmentalists have long opposed.

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2nd Circuit Backs One-Year Deadline For States’ CWA Section 401 Reviews

The U.S Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit has sided with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in finding the Clean Water Act (CWA) has a firm one-year deadline for states to determine whether federally approved projects will violate water quality standards, citing the legislative history and similar rulings from other courts.

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EPA Seeks Vacatur Of Trump Bar On GHG Rules To ‘Re-Examine’ Policy

The Biden administration, in an unopposed motion, is asking an appellate court to vacate an 11th-hour Trump EPA policy effectively barring Clean Air Act regulation of greenhouse gases from most industries beyond utilities, agreeing with critics that the agency unlawfully issued the rule while vowing to “re-examine” the entire policy.

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Republicans Reprise CPP Attacks To Push Back On Biden Climate Plans

A federal appellate court may have refused to reinstate the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), but Republican officials are increasingly reprising their criticisms of the power sector greenhouse gas rule in an effort to push back on the Biden administration’s early efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the sector and other industries.

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Montana Cites Texas Storm In Bid To Scrap Keystone CWA Permit Ruling

Montana and the oil and gas industry are pushing back on environmentalists’ calls for a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court’s ruling that vacated the use of a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, with the state citing freezing weather in Texas as showing the need for the energy project.

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NGOs Plan Push To Expand Scope Of FERC’s Gas Project GHG Reviews

Environmentalists and other non-governmental groups are poised to push federal energy regulators to broadly review the greenhouse gas (GHG) and other impacts associated with natural gas infrastructure projects as officials begin reconsidering their years-old policy for approving such projects.

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Biden EPA Publishes Final Trump-Era Industrial Stormwater General Permit

The Biden EPA has formally published a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for industrial stormwater that appears unchanged from a version that the Trump administration finalized earlier this year as a result of a 2016 settlement agreement with environmentalists and industry but did not have time to publish.

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