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Senators seek methane curbs for distribution lines

Democrats are framing the bill as part of a broader response to EPA’s plans to scuttle Obama-era methane rules for the oil and gas sector.

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EPA Critics Float New Legal Claims In ACE Reconsideration Petitions

States and environmentalists opposed to EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule are formally urging the agency to reconsider multiple aspects of the final regulation, arguing it relied on several legal claims and other provisions that were not subject to public comment.

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HEI launches fracking spinoff

The Health Effects Institute is launching HEI-Energy, an affiliate that will study the health effects of unconventional oil and natural gas development.

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EPA releases draft water reuse action plan

Developed in coordination with other federal agencies, EPA is proposing 46 actions to better coordinate policies to ensure water availability and mitigate the risks posed by droughts.

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Democrat floats CRA resolution targeting ACE climate rule

The Congressional Review Act resolution to block EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy climate rule could boost public critiques of the regulation.

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State critics oppose EPA bid to speed ACE litigation

Democratic state’s challenging the Trump EPA’s rollback of power plant greenhouse gas rules argue that speeding court consideration of their suit would block a “fair” hearing of their claims.

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EPA Draws New Industry Challenges To ACE Rule As Court Deadline Looms

Multiple groups representing the coal, biomass and electric utility sectors are filing litigation over EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule governing power plant greenhouse gases ahead of a Sept. 6 deadline to submit legal challenges, though the groups appear likely to target different aspects of the regulation.

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Democrats’ Broad Climate Alignment Masks Implementation Disputes

Top Democrats angling to take over the White House in 2020 are expressing broad agreement on major climate change policy goals, though candidates are seeking to distinguish themselves by who would be best suited to implement an aggressive strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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Environmentalists Slam EPA Basis For Cutting Oil & Gas Methane Limits

Environmental groups are pushing back hard against EPA’s claims that it can drop oil and gas methane standards because they are “redundant” due to limits on smog-forming emissions, arguing the move eliminates future standards for existing sources in the sector and would even boost emissions at some new facilities.

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Strict One-Year CWA Section 401 Deadline Faces Legal, Administrative Tests

Recent federal decisions seeking to set a strict one-year deadline for states to determine whether federally permitted projects comply with water quality standards are facing legal and administrative tests as the Trump administration is proposing to set narrow boundaries for the deadline and environmentalists are attempting to preserve a more flexible approach.

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