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Former Obama EPA Adviser Offers Blueprint For Post-2020 Climate Agenda

A new climate change policy blueprint from a top former Obama EPA official prioritizes a post-2020 push on cap-and-trade legislation for power plants and various industrial sectors over new Clean Air Act regulations, while recommending other administrative and legislative policies for an “ambitious but achievable” agenda.

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Oregon rejects CWA 401 certification for proposed LNG facility

The state accelerated its decision due to uncertainty over its deadline and before EPA limits states' authority in response to a recent White House executive order.

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Environmentalists press for upstream GHG review in FERC suit

Groups that are advancing one of a suite of court challenges to FERC’s gas infrastructure approvals argue the panel is “false” when it claims pipelines will not cause development of gas reserves.

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Officials Face Risk As They Weigh Appeal On Ruling Reinstating Drilling Ban

Top Trump administration officials are debating whether to appeal a precedential federal court ruling reinstating an Obama-era ban on offshore drilling in much of the Arctic and parts of the Atlantic, a decision that could carry major legal and political risks for the administration’s deregulatory agenda and its efforts to encourage fossil fuel development.

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White House Starts ACE Review, Sticking To June Deadline For Final Rule

White House regulatory officials have started interagency review of EPA’s draft final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule addressing greenhouse gases from existing power plants, the last step before the rule can go final, a move that suggests the agency remains on track to complete the rule by the end of June.

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High court declines to hear CWA 401 pipeline case

The justices decision is the second in recent days where environmentalists have failed to advance an appeal in a 401 case.

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Western states, utilities advance low-carbon power goals

Lawmakers in Washington and Nevada are adopting stronger low-carbon standards for the power sector, while New Mexico's largest utility says it can beat a new state deadline to eliminate its carbon emissions.

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Officials Urged To Prioritize EPA Rule Rollbacks, Not Coal Leasing Appeal

A top deregulatory advocate is urging the Trump administration to prioritize rollbacks of EPA policies rather than spending limited resources on appealing the recent ruling finding Department of the Interior (DOI) officials unlawfully skipped environmental reviews when they lifted an Obama-era moratorium on new coal leases, though environmentalists say they expect an appeal.

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EPA Rejects Petition To Update Oil, Gas Waste Rules, Sparking Criticism

Sparking strong criticism, EPA has rejected environmentalists' petition seeking to revise federal waste rules for the disposal of oil and gas wastes, leaving in place generic standards that apply to all non-hazardous solid waste and deferring to existing state programs as better able to handle the management of such wastes.

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Environmentalists decry 'preordained' changes to CWA 401

Trump's order “creates serious doubt over whether any subsequent public notice and comment period will be meaningful if the changes EPA or other agencies must make to their regulations have been preordained,”environmentalists say.

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