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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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GAO finds BLM oil, gas well bonds insufficient for cleanups

The Government Accountability Office is urging Congress and the Bureau of Land Management to increase the amount of money the bureau collects from oil and gas well operators to better fund the cleanup of orphaned wells.

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NRDC blasts highway bill’s NEPA waiver for gas ‘gathering lines’

The environmental group’s criticism comes as top senators are trying to reach agreement on how to pay for their $287 billion reauthorization of the federal highway program.

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D.C. Circuit scraps long-paused CPP suit as ‘moot’

The court’s decision has long been expected, though it nonetheless ends the lengthy and complicated D.C. Circuit review of litigation over the Clean Power Plan without ever issuing a merits ruling.

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GOP-led state group moves to back EPA’s ACE rule

West Virginia is leading a 20-state coalition supporting EPA in litigation over its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule.

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