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ACE plaintiffs ask court to delay briefing due to virus

Challengers to EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy utility climate rule are seeking an additional three weeks to file their opening brief in the litigation, due to the widespread fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Democrats, Other Critics Blast CEQ Proposal To Limit NEPA Reviews

Democratic lawmakers, former EPA officials, a large coalition of environmental groups and states are urging the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to drop its plan to scale back how federal agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), renewing a series of sharp critiques in formal comments on the policy.

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Amid ‘Domestic’ SCC Fight, BLM Methane Rollback Draws Judge’s Ire

A federal district court judge is expressing heavy skepticism about the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rollback of Obama-era rules to limit “wasted” methane from oil and gas operations on public land, a suit posing an early test of the Trump administration’s narrow approach to monetizing damages from greenhouse gases.

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Environmentalists call for more ambitious House climate bill

Several environmental groups fault the draft bill from the House Energy & Commerce Committee for relying too heavily on natural gas, arguing it “represents a staggering failure of ambition and leadership.”

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Exxon outlines ‘model’ rules to curb GHG methane

Oil and gas giant ExxonMobil is floating “model” standards to curb the potent greenhouse gas methane and suggesting that policymakers across the world should adopt the approach, a step that could be viewed as an implicit rebuke to Trump EPA plans to drop direct methane controls for oil and gas drilling.

The company’s March 3 “model regulatory framework” includes standards for upstream oil and gas equipment that applies to both new and existing sources and seeks “meaningful emission reduction outcomes.”

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Sweeping Federal Water Reuse Action Plan ‘Institutionalizes’ Effort At EPA

EPA and other federal agencies have unveiled a wide-ranging plan to encourage water reuse in a variety of sectors through partnerships with states, local governments and industry, marking the “beginning of institutionalizing water reuse at EPA” in the Office of Water (OW), according to agency water chief David Ross.

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California Appellate Court Finds Kern County Drilling Plan Violates CEQA

In what environmentalists are calling a “monumental” victory for the public and farmers, a California appellate court is rescinding a sweeping Kern County oil and gas drilling ordinance, finding the county’s environmental-impact review for the long-term planning document violated the state’s bedrock environmental review and mitigation law.

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House Hearing Highlights Lawmakers’ Continuing Divisions On Climate

A House committee hearing is showcasing the continued political divisions on how and whether to address climate change, with Republicans slamming a Democratic measure to slash greenhouse gas emissions on public lands while touting a plan to encourage tree planting and wood harvesting as an alternative.

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Grijalva Seeks Documents Showing ‘Excessive’ Industry Role In NEPA Plan

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) is demanding that the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) provide documentation of communications it had with oil companies in developing its controversial proposal to scale back how agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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BPC Sides With Industry On NEPA Rule To Boost Clean Energy Projects

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a group that agrees with environmentalists on the need to address climate change, is nonetheless siding with industry in support of the Trump administration’s controversial proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), arguing reform is needed to spur clean energy projects.

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