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CEQ Rewrite Of NEPA Implementing Rule May Face Challenging Timeline

The White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) plan to streamline agencies’ requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) may face long delays that threaten hopes to finish the policy in President Donald Trump’s current term, sources say, even though CEQ will submit the plan for inter-agency review next month.

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Quoted: Wheeler floats oil & gas sub-sector plan to avoid methane limits

The EPA chief says a proposal to avoid direct methane limits for the industry could be released “in the next few months.”

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Wheeler floats oil & gas sub-sector plan to avoid methane limits

The EPA chief says a proposal to avoid direct methane limits for the industry could be released “in the next few months.”

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States Resist CZMA Rollbacks, Previewing Responses To EPA's CWA Plan

In a preview of concerns regarding EPA-planned changes to states' authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA), some states are urging the Trump administration to abandon plans to change rules governing states' reviews of offshore energy projects under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), arguing there are no documented problems with the current rules.

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EPA Said To Cut PM Benefits In Final ACE Rule To Reduce Premature Deaths

EPA in its final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule is expected to include a controversial projection of far fewer benefits tied to reductions in particulate matter (PM), according to a news report, a decision that would significantly lower the estimated number of additional premature deaths compared to a calculation in the proposed version of the rule.

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EPA Report Could Open Door To Allowing Oil, Gas Wastewater Discharges

EPA in a draft report is floating the possibility of regulatory changes to allow discharges of oil and gas extraction wastewaters to surface waters as a way to encourage greater reuse of the water, although it details several environmental and permitting concerns about the discharges raised by some states, environmentalists and industry representatives.

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House Democrats offer bill to reverse EPA, BLM methane rollbacks

The bill would codify the Obama EPA’s methane rules for new oil and gas equipment, while also reinstating Obama BLM methane limits for operations on federal land.

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Texas rules raise questions on benefits, harm from oil and gas sector

“If we're going to see change, it has to be a new rule,” Bo Vizcaino, an engineering tech with the Texas Railroad Commission, said at a recent discussion about drilling in the Permian Basin.

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Environmentalists to appeal adverse pipeline NEPA ruling

A local environmental group says it will seek rehearing of the D.C. Circuit’s decision to scrap its case on standing grounds, charging the decision is “erroneous.”

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Seeking Broad Support, Democrats Float CES To Achieve Utility Carbon Cuts

Supporters of the new clean energy standard (CES) proposal in Congress say it is a politically achievable roadmap for major power sector greenhouse gas cuts, and that the plan could get a political boost by building on numerous similar state programs and by including support for a broad suite of low-carbon technologies.

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