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EPA Details ACE Rule's Emissions, Cost Increases, Bolstering Critics

Critics of EPA's newly proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to cut power sector greenhouse gases, offered as a narrower replacement to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), are citing the agency's own analyses showing increased emissions and costs to highlight what they say are deep flaws that will make the rule vulnerable in court.

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Army Corps defends West Virginia pipeline permit

The Corps is telling a federal appeals court that none of the Clean Water Act permit conditions environmentalists cite to challenge the permit provide the basis for judicial review.

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Critics See Legal Vulnerabilities In EPA's Looming CPP Replacement Plan

EPA's upcoming proposal to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) is expected to be riddled with legal vulnerabilities, critics say, including that it may be viewed as “arbitrary and capricious” because officials likely will not be able to demonstrate actual emissions cuts, and the rule could increase greenhouse gases and conventional pollutants.

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Leaked Talking Points On CPP Replacement Stress GHG Cuts, NSR Relief

A leaked copy of White House talking points to support EPA's proposal to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) shows that the administration intends to stress that greenhouse gases will continue to fall under the new rule and that the agency is giving permitting relief to plants that make efficiency upgrades to cut GHGs.

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Barrasso Calls Bill To Limit State CWA Section 401 Authority 'Important'

Senate environment committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) is pledging to advance legislation to limit states' authority under Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 to review federally permitted projects to determine their impacts on state water quality, despite strong opposition from Democrats and widespread concern from states.

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States' Oil & Gas Methane Suit Could Force Stricter EPA Clean Air Policies

AUSTIN, TX -- Pending litigation from 15 states and environmentalists to force the Trump EPA to issue first-time methane emissions standards for existing oil and gas equipment could, if successful, broadly force the agency to issue tougher Clean Air Act rules for several sectors, according to legal experts.

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Environmentalists Launch New Civil Rights Strategy To Fight Gas Pipelines

Environmentalists are pursuing a new strategy to challenge natural gas pipeline construction, filing at least two petitions with EPA alleging that two states' approvals of the pipelines violate the Civil Rights Act because the states did not consider whether the project's route would disproportionately impact disadvantaged residents.

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Environmentalists Pursue EAB Case Over EPA's Air Permits For Utah Gas

Environmentalists are pursuing an EPA Environmentalists Appeal Board (EAB) case challenging Clean Air Act “synthetic” minor source permits that the agency's Region 8 issued for gas production operations on tribal land in Utah, part of a broader legal strategy to challenge drilling in the state that they warn is harming air quality.

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4th Circuit Upholds Virginia CWA 401 Certification For Interstate Gas Pipeline

In a significant loss for environmentalists, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has upheld Virginia's Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 certification for an interstate natural gas pipeline, finding the environmentalists' charges that the state's actions were arbitrary and capricious to be unfounded.

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Citing Energy Concerns, GOP Senators Seek To Amend CWA 401 Process

GOP senators on the environment committee have introduced legislation to amend when and how states can put water quality conditions on federal permits for energy projects, citing concerns about state abuses of the Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 process -- even though some energy executives have said administrative changes may be more productive.

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