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States Renew Fight Over Social Costs Of GHGs In BLM Methane Rollback Suit

California and New Mexico are renewing their efforts to challenge the Trump administration's use of drastically lower climate damage estimates to justify climate rule rollbacks, citing the issue as one of numerous flaws in litigation over the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) rule largely rescinding Obama-era methane controls on federal lands.

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EAB Rejects Bid For Stricter Seismic Controls On Oil & Gas Fracking Well

EPA's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has rejected a Pennsylvania borough's petition aimed at imposing more stringent conditions on underground injections of hydraulic fracturing wastewater in order to prevent earthquakes and other seismic activity, holding that the agency adequately addressed those concerns in its permitting process.

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BLM Methane Rule Faces New Legal Fight In Wake Of Similar EPA Measure

The Trump administration has finalized its plan to largely scrap several Obama-era provisions limiting releases of methane, the potent greenhouse gas, from oil and gas development on public lands, setting up a new round of litigation with environmentalists who are already threatening to sue over similar EPA rollbacks.

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EPA urges D.C. Circuit to keep CPP suit on hold

The agency says the appellate court should not issue a merits ruling in the long-pending case because it plans to soon issue a replacement for the Obama-era rule.

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EPA Draws Fire For Downplaying Health, GHG Risks From Methane Rule

Environmentalists are criticizing EPA analysis downplaying the health and climate harms from its newly unveiled proposal to ease methane limits for new oil and gas facilities, citing a prior analysis by agency staff that they argue points to officials' ability to quantify specific health harms.

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ACE Power Plant GHG Rule Spurs Debate Over Potential Ozone Increases

Environmentalists and power plant industry sources are debating over the potential for EPA's proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule to cause increases in conventional ozone pollution, with states fearing it could hike ozone levels while utilities counter that the rule's impact on ozone might be “nothing.”

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Reopening Debate, EPA To Seek Input On Power Sector GHG Risk Finding

EPA is signaling that it will seek input on whether to reconsider its threshold finding that power sector greenhouse gases pose enough of an endangerment to warrant regulation, and is expected to raise the issue in its forthcoming proposal to replace the Obama administration's GHG rules for new plants in a new source performance standard (NSPS).

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EPA Proposes To Ease Methane NSPS, Previewing Additional Deregulation

EPA's newly released proposal to ease methane limits for new oil and gas equipment is just the first stage of a process that would scuttle direct regulatory limits on the potent greenhouse gas, as Trump officials broadly seek to reduce regulatory burdens imposed on the sector by the prior administration.

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Health Risk Dispute Over EPA's ACE Rule Focuses On Regulatory Baseline

As criticism mounts over the health risks posed by the Trump EPA's proposal to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) governing power plants' greenhouse gas emissions, a key difference between the two sides hinges on the rule's baseline and whether to compare the effects of the new “Affordable Clean Energy” (ACE) rule to the CPP's.

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EPA Floated, But Dropped, Plan To 'Decline' CO2 Rules In ACE Proposal

The Trump EPA in its draft proposal to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) to cut utility sector greenhouse gases wanted to solicit comment on not regulating the sector's carbon dioxide emissions at all, according to newly released documents, though Trump officials ultimately dropped that possibility in the final proposal.

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