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OMB reviewing Army Corps’ new CWA 401 guidance for states

The guidance will outline the conditions under which states may take more than 60 days to review requests for water quality certifications that allow energy and other projects to proceed.

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States Warn EPA’s ACE Rule Could Make Them Vulnerable To Lawsuits

State air regulators are warning that EPA’s imminent Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule will, if finalized as proposed, leave them vulnerable to suits from regulated utilities, their competitors and environmentalists because it does not set an GHG reduction target against which their plans would be assessed.

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FERC Faces Growing Pressure To Review Gas Pipelines’ GHG Impacts

Federal energy regulators are under increasing pressure to conduct broad greenhouse gas and climate reviews when approving natural gas infrastructure, with a recent appellate court ruling rejecting many of the officials’ arguments for sidestepping such analysis even though the court upheld a pair of permit approvals on procedural grounds.

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California AG Cites State’s GHG Goals In Opposing BLM Plan For Fracking

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) is citing the state’s aggressive efforts to curb greenhouse gases and climate change as key arguments in his office’s opposition to a draft federal environmental impact statement (EIS) for a plan that would allow new oil and gas leases to be issued in California for the first time since 2013.

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EPA plan to broadly overhaul oil & gas methane limits goes to OMB

The proposal is widely expected to drop direct methane limits on new oil and gas sources, relieving EPA from its current obligation to eventually regulate existing sources in the sector.

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BLM Critics Cite EPA Policy, SCC In Bid To Vacate Methane Rule Rollback

Critics of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) repeal of an Obama-era rule to limit “wasted” methane from oil and gas operations on public lands are urging a district court to vacate it, saying the rule unlawfully relies on a flawed cost of carbon estimate and is wrongly justified based on a related EPA policy.

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Environmentalists prepare to challenge final ACE rule

EPA could finalize its Affordable Clean Energy rule to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan as soon as next week, and environmentalists are previewing a range of legal criticisms of the measure.

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Biden Climate Plan Signals Bid For Support Across Political Spectrum

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s climate platform signals an effort to achieve broad support for his 2020 presidential bid by endorsing technologies backed by key unions, adopting a tough line against China to woo Trump voters, and touting his experience by embracing and pledging to “go well beyond” Obama-era policies.

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Facing Opposition, EPA Moves Quickly On CWA Section 401 Guide

EPA has sent for White House review its contentious guidance expected to narrow states’ authority to reject or modify federal Clean Water Act (CWA) permits under the law’s section 401, teeing up release of the new guide by the president’s June 8 deadline and a likely legal challenge from states that oppose any new curbs on their authority.

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D.C. Circuit Upholds FERC Pipeline Order But Doubts Its Climate Claims

A federal court has dismissed a suit over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of a closely watched natural gas project on procedural grounds, but the court rejected many of FERC’s substantive arguments for avoiding a broad climate change analysis and may provide a roadmap for future litigation.

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