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EPA Decision Could Limit New Mexico's Options To Address Produced Water

EPA and New Mexico have released a draft white paper aimed at facilitating the use of produced water from oil and gas drilling in the state by identifying regulatory or policy gaps, but the state's ability to make any changes outlined in the paper could be limited by EPA's pending decision on how to manage wastewater from onshore oil and gas extraction.

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ACE Comments Spark Contentious Debate Over Legality Of NSR Changes

EPA is facing starkly different interpretations of the legality of its plan to ease the threshold for triggering strict new source review (NSR) air permits for coal plants complying with its proposed utility climate rule, reviving a decades-old debate with pro-coal industry groups backing the changes and environmentalists strongly opposed.

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FERC chairman raises new CPP fears in ACE comments

The GOP chairman of FERC warns that the Obama-era CPP could raise reliability issues, even though FERC in 2015 said many of its reliability concerns were addressed in the final rule.

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Environmentalists Use ACE's 'Fenceline' Limits To Push CCS, Block Biomass

Environmentalists are seeking to use the Trump EPA's restrictive interpretation of its Clean Air Act authority against it in comments on the proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) greenhouse gas rule for coal-fired power plants, arguing that the narrow legal interpretation -- which EPA says is limited to what can be done to boost efficiency within a facility's fenceline -- means that carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) must be included when setting GHG limits and that co-firing coal with biomass must be barred.

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As Statewide Races Remain Close, GOP Critics Of EPA Appear To Fade

Key gubernatorial and Senate races remain close days before critical midterm elections, though several leading GOP critics of Obama EPA rules appear to be fading in their efforts to win higher office, including the attorneys general (AGs) of Michigan and West Virginia -- each of whom successfully sued to block EPA power plant rules.

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States Sharply Divided Over Legality Of EPA ACE Power Plant GHG Plan

A sharp and mostly partisan divide is emerging between states over the legality of EPA's proposal to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) utility greenhouse gas rule, with Democratic-led states urging the agency to drop its “unlawful” plan, while Republican state officials are broadly supporting it.

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Battle Lines Emerge In Future Lawsuits Over Trump EPA's Utility GHG Rule

Battle lines are emerging for expected future lawsuits over EPA's proposal to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) utility greenhouse gas standards with a much narrower policy, with industry groups praising the new rule as a valid use of Clean Air Act powers while environmentalists blast it as doing little to cut GHGs.

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EAB Rejects Novel Challenge Aiming To Mandate Battery Storage As BACT

EPA's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) is rejecting conservation groups' novel challenge that aimed to establish battery power storage as the Clean Air Act-mandated best available control technology (BACT) for a gas-fired power plant, saying the groups failed to show that any other similar facility used the storage technology.

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EPA finds ongoing GHG emissions cuts from stationary sources

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the decrease comes “largely from technological breakthroughs in the private sector, not the heavy hand of government.”

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Updated EPA Agenda Targets March For Finalizing Obama Rule Rollbacks

EPA's just-updated Unified Agenda of pending regulations is targeting March for finalizing a host of controversial rollbacks of Obama-era regulations, including greenhouse gas standards for power plants and vehicles as well as the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) standard -- decisions that will face lawsuits as soon as they are issued.

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