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Environmentalists, Industry Groups Detail Opposition To ACE Climate Rule

Environmental groups are for the first time outlining the issues they intend to raise in their litigation challenging EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule addressing power plant greenhouse gas emissions and its simultaneous repeal of the much more stringent Clean Power Plan (CPP) that ACE replaces.

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Administration Pursues Narrow NEPA GHG Reviews In Fossil Leasing Suits

The Trump administration is continuing to pursue its narrow approach to considering climate change in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, defending the strategy in courts even as it has been ordered to consider broader, cumulative climate effects of its fossil fuel lease approvals.

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EPA urges D.C. Circuit to reject requests to pause ACE litigation

The agency says that pausing the litigation until it finishes a related rule on new source review requirements “would delay resolution of this case a half year or more.”

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States Urge High Court To Address ‘Adverse Effects’ Of CWA 401 Decision

A bipartisan coalition of states is urging the Supreme Court to take up a petition from environmentalists to review an appellate decision limiting states’ ability to review Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 water quality certification requests, arguing the ruling’s “incorrect interpretation . . . threatens to have far-reaching, adverse effects for States.”

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EPA Argues Battery Storage Infeasible As BACT For California Gas Plant

EPA is detailing its justification for rejecting battery storage as best available control technology (BACT) in permitting a California natural gas-fired power plant, in response to environmentalists’ lawsuit arguing the Clean Air Act requires battery storage to prevent harmful pollution.

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States, biomass group join calls to pause ACE suit

States challenging EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule say the agency must first take action on their administrative petitions to reconsider aspects of the rule before litigation can proceed.

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EPA’s Idsal Signals Flexibility For States Planning Greater ACE Stringency

SEATTLE -- Acting EPA air chief Anne Idsal is suggesting that the agency could work with states looking to go beyond the requirements of its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule for power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions, seeming to walk back the rule’s threat to block stringent compliance plans that critics say is a major legal flaw.

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California Plan To Extend Gas Plants’ OTC Deadline Sparks Criticism

Environmental and ratepayer groups are raising concerns about the potential pollution and climate impacts of California energy regulators’ grid-reliability plan to allow several natural gas-fired power plants that use once-through-cooling (OTC) systems to operate for three years longer than the current 2020 retirement deadline for such plants.

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EPA Methane NSPS Plan Spurs Debate On ‘Significant’ GHG Contribution

EPA has formally published its proposal to scuttle methane controls for new oil and gas facilities and block limits on existing sources, kicking off a two-month public comment period that could feature a prominent debate on defining whether this sector or other industries pose a “significant” danger in terms of greenhouse gas pollution.

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ACE critics seek to stay suit until NSR rule completed

Environmentalists are seeking to stall a case for which EPA is seeking expedited review.

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