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GHG ‘Endangerment’ Questions Loom In Upcoming Oil & Gas NSPS Plan

Observers are closely watching how EPA will navigate the legal questions surrounding greenhouse gas “endangerment” in its forthcoming proposal to upend Obama-era oil and gas methane rules, including whether and to what degree it embraces industry claims that the rules omitted a required sector- or pollutant-specific risk review.

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EPA Backs West Virginia CWA 401 Changes, Clearing Path For Key Pipelines

EPA is endorsing changes West Virginia made to its Clean Water Act (CWA) water quality certification for an Army Corps of Engineers general permit allowing construction of two high-profile natural gas pipelines through the state, clearing the way for the Corps to reissue the permit after a federal appeals court vacated it last year.

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Court denies rehearing in Tennessee pipeline case

While the appellate court declined to hear the case, its decision will still provide a road map for future cases seeking to challenge FERC’s greenhouse gas reviews.

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Oil, Gas Industry Cautiously Welcomes EPA’s Novel Ozone Trading Plan

Oil and gas industry groups are cautiously welcoming EPA’s tentative plan to establish a novel emissions trading program for oil and gas drilling operations in Utah’s Uinta Basin to curb high ozone levels, but local leaders warn the plan should not distract from pursuing what they say are other urgent measures to reduce pollution.

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EPA Proposes To Narrow Scope Of States’ CWA Section 401 Reviews

EPA in a new interpretation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) is proposing to significantly narrow the actions states can consider when determining whether a federally permitted project will violate water quality standards, seeking to eliminate powers that allow states to consider a project’s “activities” while allowing them to consider only its “discharges."

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EPA Proposal Seeks To ‘Clarify’ Timeline, Scope Of States’ CWA 401 Reviews

EPA has issued its proposed rule under Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401seeking to update and clarify states’ substantive and procedural requirements for reviewing and certifying that federally permitted projects, including hydropower dams and energy pipelines, will not harm state water quality standards.

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Chamber, coal groups seek to back EPA in ACE suit

The two industry groups are supporting EPA’s defense of its Affordable Clean Energy rule in litigation filed by two public health groups that is expected to include many additional petitioners.

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EPA Eyes NPDES Delegation For Key States To Permit Oil, Gas Discharges

AUSTIN, TX -- EPA is preparing to delegate Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permitting authority to Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico for onshore oil and gas extraction, a move that could eventually shift how produced water is handled in the arid, energy-rich region where many have been pressing the agency to make it easier to reuse the water.

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Court Rejection Of Pipeline GHG Challenge Underscores Limits Of NEPA

A recent appellate decision upholding the adequacy of federal energy regulators’ greenhouse gas review of the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline shows the limits of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and environmentalists’ efforts to use the law to challenge agency approvals.

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Facing Risks, EPA’s Counsel Defends ‘Bold’ ACE Rule Legal Interpretation

AUSTIN, TX -- EPA General Counsel Matt Leopold is strongly defending the agency’s “bold” legal interpretation in its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) utility climate rule that the Clean Air Act only allows “inside-the-fence” regulation, despite caution from some that the move carries significant risks for the Trump administration.

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