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EPA finds ongoing GHG emissions cuts from stationary sources

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the decrease comes “largely from technological breakthroughs in the private sector, not the heavy hand of government.”

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Updated EPA Agenda Targets March For Finalizing Obama Rule Rollbacks

EPA's just-updated Unified Agenda of pending regulations is targeting March for finalizing a host of controversial rollbacks of Obama-era regulations, including greenhouse gas standards for power plants and vehicles as well as the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) standard -- decisions that will face lawsuits as soon as they are issued.

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Lifecycle Study Finds GHG Cuts From LNG Project, Warns Of Domestic Gas

A new study of the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from a proposed liquified natural gas (LNG) project to provide fuel for marine operations near Seattle finds that the effort would cut overall GHGs by displacing petroleum-based fuels, though the finding depends on the natural gas being sourced only from Canada.

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Wyoming urged to shield oil and gas air controls from EPA rollback

One environmentalist is hopeful that state officials in an upcoming final guidance intend to make clear that the state will stick with a semi-annual inspection requirement, regardless of any changes to EPA's rules.

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Environmentalists ask EAB to scrap Arizona gas utility's air permit

An Arizona county and power company are fighting Sierra Club's Environmental Appeals Board challenge that claims a gas plant's 'minor source' air permit is 'unenforceable.'

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Democratic Gubernatorial Gains May Aid States' Opposition To EPA Agenda

Democrats appear poised to win control of several key governors' mansions in November's midterm elections, potentially aiding those states' opposition to a host of Trump EPA efforts to roll back climate and environmental regulations, while also bolstering state-level policies that aim to counter the federal rollbacks.

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Comment period begins on EPA plan to soften methane NSPS

EPA will accept public comments through Dec. 17 on its plan to weaken Obama-era methane limits for new oil and gas sources, and pledges to hold at least one public hearing on the proposal.

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EPA Faulted For Relying On State Methane Rules But Not Tallying Emissions

EPA's claims that it can rely on state programs to limit methane leaks at oil and gas operations in lieu of federal rules are drawing fire from environmentalists who say that EPA's analysis for its methane rule rollback proposal fails to quantify the pollution cuts -- or lack thereof -- from the state programs.

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Senate Democrats ask EPA for more public engagement on ACE

The lawmakers urge EPA to extend the comment period on the rule until Dec. 31 and to hold three additional public hearings, though it is doubtful that the agency will grant the request.

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EPA Faces Call To Include OLEM In 2019 Oil & Gas Wastewater Rule Decision

EPA's Office of Water (OW) plans to make a decision by the middle of next year on whether to amend its effluent rules for onshore oil and gas extraction to allow for increased discharge options, but environmentalists fear OW's decision may fail to coordinate with an upcoming waste office decision about the sector.

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