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EPA backs effort to scrap litigation over CPP

The agency says that state and industry petitioners have “secured the relief they sought in this lawsuit,” challenging the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which the Trump EPA has formally rescinded.

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Biomass Industry Appears Unlikely To Challenge Co-Firing Bar In ACE

The biomass industry appears unlikely to challenge EPA’s decision in its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule to remove co-firing with biomass as a compliance mechanism, even though the agency proposed to allow it and industry strongly supported it.

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Environmentalists Push Back Against Plan To Weaken Methane NSPS

Environmental groups are ramping up warnings of the climate and health damages from oil and gas industry methane emissions, just as the Trump EPA draws closer to issuing a proposal that is expected to seek to rescind an Obama-era policy directly regulating methane emissions from new and modified sources.

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EPA moves to speed oil, gas NSR air permitting on tribal land

The agency says its proposed change to Clean Air Act new source review permitting mandates would accelerate the permit process for oil and gas producers operating on tribal land.

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Health Groups Waste Little Time Suing Over EPA’s Final ACE Climate Rule

Two major public health groups have wasted little time suing over EPA’s final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, the Trump administration’s limited approach to controlling power plant greenhouse gas emissions, the same day the rule was formally promulgated and the first day of a 60-day period petitioners have to sue.

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Trump EPA Critics Question ACE Rule RIA, Flagging Uncertain Benefits

Environmentalists and other critics of the Trump administration are questioning EPA’s cost-benefit analysis for its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant climate rule, charging that the agency’s official projections of modest benefits could be inflated and that the rule might even result in higher carbon emissions.

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EPA Sees Only ‘Small’ GHG Reductions From ACE Utility Climate Rule

EPA is projecting only “small” cuts in greenhouse gases from its final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule governing existing power plants, with the regulation potentially shaving just a fraction of 1 percent of the emissions from the country’s second-largest source of GHGs.

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EPA opts to leave oil, gas ELG unchanged

The agency says a new review of information confirms all facilities subject to the unconventional oil and gas rule, including those in Pennsylvania, can meet its zero-discharge standard.

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EPA Drops Biomass Co-Firing As Compliance Option In Final ACE Rule

Over industry objections, EPA is dropping biomass co-firing as a compliance option in its final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule that seeks to limit greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, saying the decision is required under its interpretation of the Clean Air Act despite the agency’s policy of promoting biomass as carbon neutral.

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States Seek Data To Enhance Produced Water Reuse As EPA Eyes New Rules

State regulators are outlining research needs that, if answered, could increase the feasibility of reusing produced water from oil and gas drilling, an approach that stands in contrast to EPA plans to ease regulatory requirements as a way to encourage the practice.

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