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EPA’s CCS Reversal In NSPS Could Face Hurdles From Technology Gains

A slew of environmentalists, legal experts and states are citing mounting evidence that carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is becoming increasingly advanced, arguing that poses a major hurdle to EPA’s attempt to no longer base its greenhouse gas targets for new coal plants on CCS with partial capture.

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D.C. Circuit Expected To Order FERC To Broaden Pipeline GHG Reviews

Appellate judges are expected to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expand consideration of greenhouse gas emissions when approving natural gas pipelines with a known upstream producer, which would extend a two-year-old precedent requiring FERC to address downstream GHGs when the end user is known.

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Oil & Gas Sector Faces New Scrutiny Over Air Pollution In Western States

The booming oil and gas industry is facing new scrutiny over its Clean Air Act permits covering methane and air toxics emissions in Western states, particularly in Colorado where Democrats are codifying sweeping new limits on drilling and more than a dozen companies are facing citizen suits over their allegedly lax air permits.

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Trump Critics Vow Fight To Halt Pipeline Orders Seen Blunting CWA, NEPA

Critics of President Donald Trump's just-signed executive orders (EOs) to speed environmental reviews of pipelines and other energy projects are vowing to fight the directive in courts and Congress, saying the orders unlawfully blunt long-established requirements in the Clean Water Act (CWA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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Trump Slated To Order EPA To Limit States' Review Power Under CWA 401

Brushing aside concerns from governors and others, President Donald Trump is slated to issue an executive order April 10 that will order EPA to “review and update” its policies governing state reviews of federal projects under section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), with a senior official indicating it will likely curtail states' current review powers.

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10th Circuit dismisses appeal of BLM methane rule delay

California and environmentalists had challenged BLM’s one-year suspension of Obama-era methane standards, though an appeals court found the case to be moot after the bureau finalized a rule rescinding most of those limits.

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EPA Agrees To Weigh State Requests To Align Audit Policy But Doubts Need

A senior EPA official says the agency will consider state requests for pacts allowing new oil and gas facility owners that comply with voluntary state audit programs to also qualify for penalty relief under a recently issued federal policy, though the official said EPA's past enforcement history makes such agreements largely unnecessary.

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5th Circuit Raises Standing Bar For Groups' Suit On EPA Drilling Permit

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit grilled environmentalists at recent oral argument on whether they have standing to sue EPA over a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for offshore oil and gas activities in the western Gulf of Mexico, raising concerns about how the groups could trace harms to specific discharges.

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States, Environmentalists Back ‘Alternative Compliance’ In Methane Rules

State environmental commissioners are joining environmentalists to urge EPA and state governments to bolster the use of “alternative compliance” provisions in their rules limiting methane releases from oil and gas operations, a step they argue could ease industry costs while still delivering equivalent emissions cuts.

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Pipeline Firm Urges Justices To Decline Suit On Timing Of CWA 401 Reviews

A natural gas pipeline company is urging the Supreme Court to reject a petition from environmentalists to clarify when states' Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 certifications for natural gas pipelines are final and subject to judicial review, arguing there is no split between and among federal appellate courts on the issue as the petitioners had argued.

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