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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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EPA touts ongoing decline in power plant air pollution

The agency attributes continuing declines in air pollution primarily to long-term fuel switching away from coal-fired power to lower-emitting sources.

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Sierra Club drops suit aiming to block Texas pipeline

The environmental group has voluntarily dismissed its legal challenge that had sought to halt construction of the Permian Highway Pipeline after the pipeline started operations earlier this year.

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CBD threatens suit over missing oil, gas measures for ozone plans

Environmentalists’ suit aims to add pressure on the Biden administration to shift energy production away from fracking while also curbing the oil and gas sector’s ozone-forming emissions.

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‘Mostly Dead’ Clean Power Plan Could See Limited Revival By Biden EPA

A new legal analysis of the Biden EPA’s options for reviving the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) greenhouse gas rule for power plants says an appeals court ruling vacating the Trump EPA’s narrower Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) replacement rule means the CPP is “only mostly dead” and could eventually return in a more-limited form.

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DOJ seeks to pause suit over EPA oil & gas methane rollback

The Trump EPA’s September rule at issue in the case scrapped direct methane standards for new oil and gas sources, though the Biden administration has signaled it hopes to reverse the policy.

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Biden Order Might Spur Carbon Cost Hike, Helping Justify EPA GHG Rules

President Joe Biden's recent climate change executive order (EO) is expected to spur a significant increase in the interim social cost of carbon (SCC), the metric used to quantify the benefits of greenhouse gas rules, with key advocates pressing it to be set as high as $125 per ton, up to four times the Obama-era value, which would help EPA and other agencies to justify sweeping new GHG polices.

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Industry sets condition for direct EPA methane rules for oil & gas

Major oil and gas industry groups say EPA must first make a threshold risk finding that the sector’s emissions of the greenhouse gas methane are “significant” enough before regulating them.

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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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