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EPA Region 6 approves Texas oil & gas CWA permitting

The action allows the state to issue Clean Water Act (CWA) permits for discharges from oil and gas activities, pipelines, and natural gas processing plants.

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D.C. Circuit Faults EPA For ‘Misconstruction’ Of 111(d) Power In ACE Rule

The divided appellate court panel that vacated the Trump EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule says the exiting administration relied on a “fundamental misconstruction” of its Clean Air Act authority when it scrapped the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) climate rule and replaced it with the narrower ACE policy.

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D.C. Circuit rejects request to stay EPA oil and gas rule rollback

“Petitioners have not satisfied the stringent requirements for a stay pending court review,” says a brief order issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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Final EPA Effluent Plan Targets PFAS, Details Rules For Energy Industries

EPA’s final Clean Water Act (CWA) plan for reviewing and revising technology-based effluent limits expands the agency’s study of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), moves toward regulating some manufacturers, and details efforts to revise some power plant effluent limits while providing “flexibility” for oil and gas wastewater reuse.

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EPA Weighs Future Changes To Effluent Limits For Several Major Sectors

EPA’s latest plan for updating effluent standards for many industries says the agency is continuing to study the electrical and electronic components (E&EC) sector and the meat and poultry products industry to assist its review of whether to make any future changes to those limits.

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BLM agrees to conduct climate review of more oil & gas leases

The pact blocks 53 oil and gas leases until the Bureau of Land Management analyzes the climate change impacts of the drilling on more than 45,000 acres in Colorado.

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Army Corps Finalizes Controversial Changes To CWA Nationwide Permits

The Army Corps of Engineers has finalized controversial changes to its Clean Water Act (CWA) general permits, including removing limits on stream loss measured in linear feet from some permits and dividing coverage for various types of “utility” lines into three permits, but has opted to let other permits remain unchanged until they expire in 2022.

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Opponents Of Keystone NWP 12 Urge 9th Circuit To Uphold Permit Vacatur

Environmentalists and 12 states are urging a federal appeals court to uphold a district court’s ruling that vacated use of a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, backing the ruling’s finding that the Army Corps of Engineers failed to follow Endangered Species Act (ESA) requirements when issuing the permit.

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BLM Defends Repeal Of Obama Fracking Standards In California’s Appeal

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is defending its repeal of Obama-era rules requiring oil and gas operators to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing and establishing new well integrity and wastewater disposal standards, after California and environmental groups appealed a lower court ruling that upheld the repeal.

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Two states, environmentalists appeal vacatur of BLM methane air rule

The latest court action adds to years of legal and regulatory uncertainty over the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Obama-era methane “waste” standards.

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