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Environmentalists seek halt to permits, rules during pandemic

Over 100 groups are urging the White House to halt new mining and drilling permits and rulemaking activities until 60 days after the coronavirus national emergency is lifted.

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Legal Experts Question Whether EPA 401 Rule Will Speed Permitting

EPA’s pending Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 rule relies heavily on a high-profile appellate ruling to set a one-year time limit for states to decide whether federal projects comply with state water quality standards, but some legal experts say the deadline issue remains open to interpretation and question whether the rule can speed permitting.

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California Fracking Debate Re-emerges As State Restarts Permit Approvals

Debate over California’s regulation of hydraulic fracturing is re-emerging after the state recently approved two dozen new oil well stimulation permits, which follows Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) moratorium last year on the practices to allow regulators and outside experts to review the permitting process and conduct additional environmental reviews.

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EPA sends CWA 401 rule for OMB review

The controversial regulation would overhaul the process in which states can determine if a federally permitted project will violate state water quality standards.

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EPA Joins Calls For FERC To More Closely Scrutinize Amended Pipeline

EPA Region 3 is joining environmentalists and state officials in urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to more closely scrutinize the environmental effects of a developer’s plan to bifurcate a proposed natural gas pipeline in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Citing Time Limit, SAB Declines Review Of EPA Oil & Gas Methane Plan

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is declining to review the scientific and technical basis for the agency’s August proposal to scrap direct methane standards for the oil and gas sector, with many advisers citing the limited time they would have to conduct a thorough analysis before EPA finalizes the rule.

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Officials Scramble To Show Net Benefits From Auto GHG Rule Rollback

Just days before releasing their final rollback of Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, Trump administration officials have been scrambling to show the rule has net positive benefits to society given that recent drafts show the flagship rulemaking would impose greater overall costs than benefits.

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Final Auto GHG Rollback To Include Various Compliance ‘Flexibilities’

The Trump administration’s imminent rollback of Obama-era auto greenhouse gas rules will embrace several regulatory flexibilities the agencies originally proposed to jettison -- though it is likely to end “multiplier” credits for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids while extending them for natural gas vehicles, sources say.

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Citing New EIS Precedent, Court Rejects NEPA Review Of Major Pipeline

A federal district judge is rejecting as insufficient under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) the Army Corps’ streamlined environmental assessment (EA) of the Dakota Access Pipeline, citing a new appellate court precedent requiring a more in-depth environmental impact statement (EIS) for “controversial” projects.

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Climate Backers Pin Hopes On Next Virus Bill After Stimulus Spurns Push

Supporters of climate and environmental measures are turning their hopes to a potential “phase 4” bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic after lawmakers spurned a suite of proposals in an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package speeding toward approval this this week.

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