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New Mexico, Hill Republicans Pan EPA Oil & Gas Methane Rule Rollback

EPA is facing strong criticism of its proposal to rescind direct methane limits for oil and gas operations from New Mexico, the country’s third-largest oil producer that is home to part of the Permian basin, as well as two congressional Republicans including one House member who has been a die-hard supporter of President Donald Trump.

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Top Former Official Says EPA Concedes ACE Rule Unreasonable

Joe Goffman, who helped craft the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), says the Trump EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to replace the CPP is silent on whether its narrow interpretation of the agency’s Clean Air Act authority to regulate power sector greenhouse gas emissions is reasonable, which “amounts to a confession that it is not.”

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Critics Of EPA Methane NSPS Rollback Warn Of Air Pollution Increases

Environmental groups and other critics of EPA’s proposal to rescind methane controls for new oil and gas facilities -- a step that precludes controls on existing sources -- are highlighting environmental damage from the rollback they argue would be much higher than the agency’s own estimates.

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Senate Rejects Democrats’ CRA Effort To Scrap EPA ACE Climate Rule

The Senate on a bipartisan 41-53 vote has rejected Democrats’ attempt to scrap EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule and reinstate the stricter Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), though Democrats are warning that vulnerable Republicans might pay an electoral price by backing the weaker GHG rule.

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EPA sends final NSR ‘adjacency’ guidance for OMB review

EPA’s final guidance will likely enable industry sources to more easily avoid tougher Clean Air Act permit conditions, based on the details of a 2018 draft version of the document.

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States, Environmentalists Intervene To Protect EPA Air Law GHG Authority

States and environmental groups challenging EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule as too weak are also seeking to intervene on EPA’s behalf to defend the agency’s underlying authority to regulate power sector GHGs, asking an appellate court to allow them to weigh in on that specific issue.

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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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