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Trump-Era Limits on CWA Scope Axed by District Judge as Biden Agenda Moves Forward

Trump-Era Limits on CWA Scope Axed by District Judge as Biden Agenda Moves Forward

A U.S. district judge has rebuffed Trump-era limits on the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA), vacating a rule that the Biden administration had already targeted for revision as part of broader efforts to strengthen federal environmental protections. An order handed down by the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona Monday vacated…

August 31, 2021
Biden Administration Gives States, Tribes More Time to Review Some Pipeline Projects

Biden Administration Gives States, Tribes More Time to Review Some Pipeline Projects

The Biden administration is moving to give states and tribal authorities more leeway in approving or denying permits for projects that include oil and natural gas pipelines that cross waterways. Under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), states and authorized tribes have allowed to grant, deny or waive certification for proposed federal…

August 24, 2021
Congress Approves Restoration of Obama-Era Methane Rules for Oil, Natural Gas Industry

Congress Approves Restoration of Obama-Era Methane Rules for Oil, Natural Gas Industry

The House on Friday voted to restore Obama-era controls on methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector that had been partially rescinded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Trump administration. The measure passed by a margin of 229-191 under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) after 52-42 passage by the Senate, and…

June 25, 2021
Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Trump Regulatory Rollback Affecting GHG Emissions

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Trump Regulatory Rollback Affecting GHG Emissions

A federal appeals court struck down a Trump administration rule intended to relax federal oversight of air pollution from coal- and natural gas-fired power plants. The reversal of the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday, concluded that Environmental Protection Agency officials under…

January 20, 2021
Biden Taps Granholm for Energy Secretary, McCarthy for White House Climate Czar

Biden Taps Granholm for Energy Secretary, McCarthy for White House Climate Czar

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. reportedly has chosen former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to lead the Department of Energy and former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to serve as White House climate czar under the new administration. A two-term governor, Granholm served from 2003-2011. During her tenure, she signed into law bipartisan clean…

December 16, 2020
States Take Fight Over EPA Methane Rule Rollback to Federal Court

States Take Fight Over EPA Methane Rule Rollback to Federal Court

A coalition of state and city governments spearheaded by California’s attorney general (AG) has asked a federal court to review the Trump administration’s recent effort to roll back restrictions on methane emissions from oil and gas development. The details of the rollback, which would see the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ease Obama-era emissions standards set…

September 15, 2020
Final Rule on CWA Quality Certification Written to Fast Track Natural Gas, Oil Infrastructure, Says EPA

Final Rule on CWA Quality Certification Written to Fast Track Natural Gas, Oil Infrastructure, Says EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule on Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) that it said would increase the transparency and efficiency of the Section 401 certification process and to promote the timely review of infrastructure projects.

June 3, 2020

State AGs Oppose EPA Proposal to Nix Obama-Era Oil, NatGas Methane Emission Rules

A coalition of attorneys general (AG) from across the country filed comments Friday opposing a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to loosen Obama-era methane emission standards for the oil and gas industry.

November 25, 2019

Appeals Court Upholds Obama-Era Ozone Standard

A three-judge panel had upheld changes to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) first proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) four years ago.

August 23, 2019

EPA Exemption for Oil, Gas Wastes to Remain in Hazardous Waste Law

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it will continue to exempt wastes from oil and natural gas operations from the law governing hazardous wastes after concluding that state programs to manage them were sufficient and spills were rare.

April 25, 2019
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