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  1. DC appeals court to decide on Clean Power Plant

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The full appeals court in Washington, D.C. will hear arguments in the legal fight over President Barack Obama's plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, potentially accelerating the case's path to the Supreme Court. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an order Monday scheduling oral arguments on the legality of the Clean Power Plan for September 27. A three-judge panel had been scheduled to hear the case June 2, but whichever side lost was considered likely to seek a review by the full appeals court. By using its discretion to skip a step, the appeals judges are potentially shaving months off the time before the case could be heard by the high court. It is rare for an appeals court to hold such an "en banc" review prior to the smaller panel's decision, but procedural rules allow it when the case at issue "involves a question of exceptional importance." About two dozen mostly GOP-led states sued the Environmental Protection Agency over the new carbon-cutting regulations, which aim to slow climate change by reducing power plant emissions by one-third by 2030. More than 100 conservative advocacy groups, electric utilities and coal mining companies have also filed suit. If the Clean Power Plan were to be struck down in court, it would become more difficult for the United States to meet its goals for cutting carbon emissions under the landmark international climate treaty signed in Paris at the end of last year. Of the 11 active judges on the DC Circuit, Chief Judge Merrick Garland and Judge Cornelia Pillard recused themselves from hearing arguments on the Clean Power Plan. Garland, who is Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court seat vacated by the February death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, has been recusing himself from active cases. The court's order gave no explanation for Pillard's recusal. Even without them, the court's makeup could favor Obama. Of the nine remaining judges, five were appointed by Democratic presidents. Environmental groups cheered the court's move. "The court's order may well speed up final resolution of the case," said David Doniger, director of the Climate and Clean Air Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. "We look forward to our day in court — and remain confident that the Clean Power Plan will prevail over efforts by polluters and their allies to block climate action." The Supreme Court voted 5-4 earlier this year to delay implementation of the plan until the legal challenges are resolved, but that vote was taken prior to Scalia's death. Republicans leaders in the U.S. Senate have promised not to vote on Garland's nomination until after a new president is elected in November, leaving the Supreme Court split 4-4 between conservatives and the more moderate and liberal justices. If a ninth justice is not appointed before the high court takes up the Clean Power Plan, then the appeals court's decision would stand in the event of a tie. Opponents of the plan reiterated Monday that the outcome of the case is still far from certain. They have portrayed the Obama Administration's move to use the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon emissions as an illegal power grab. "So much about the Clean Power Plan has defied precedent," said Scott Segal, a lawyer representing the pro-coal Electric Reliability Coordinating Council. "When it comes to the Clean Power Plan, it is best to expect the unexpected."

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    Tue, 17 May 2016

  2. House panel approves EPA ozone standards implementation bill

    The US House Energy and Commerce Committee approved, by a 30-23 vote along party lines, legislation to help states implement federal ground-level ozone limits. HR 4775, which Rep. Pete Olson (R-Tex.) and five cosponsors introduced on Mar. 17, now heads to the full House floor for final ...

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    Fri, 20 May 2016

  3. EPA proposes smog standards under Clean Air Act

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new smog, or ozone, standards under the Clean Air Act after recent scientific evidence showed harmful effects of ground-level smog.

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    Wed, 26 Nov 2014

  4. Sierra Club appeals permit for 500 MW Ocotillo peaker power plant

    Club says this load-following project is inherently inefficient

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    Tue, 26 Apr 2016

  1. Sierra Club Appeals Permit for 500-MW Ocotillo Peaker of APS

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    Mon, 25 Apr 2016

  2. Murray Energy continues fight against EPA's emissions rules

    Coal producer Murray Energy Corp. is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final rule that targets mercury pollution from power plants 

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    Wed, 27 Apr 2016

  3. Bill, ozone limits implementation both draw fire before House panel

    A bill that would delay the US Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation of a 70 ppb ground-level ozone limit drew nearly as much fire as EPA’s implementation of the new limits did at a US House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing.

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    Wed, 20 Apr 2016

  4. Marathon Petroleum settles federal Clean Air Act allegations

    Marathon Petroleum Corp. agreed to pay a $2.9 million fine, retire 5.5 billion sulfur credits worth $200,000, and spend more than $2.8 million to install pollution controls on facilities in three states to resolve charges that it violated the Clean Air Act (CAA), the US Department of Justice and ...

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    Wed, 20 May 2015

  5. New Mexico coal power plant owners settle Clean Air Act violations

    The settlement filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico came after years of negotiation among federal officials, the power plant owners and environmentalists who sued over permits. 

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    Wed, 24 Jun 2015

  6. New Mexico coal plant owners settle Clean Air Act violations

    In some cases, companies failed for years to obtain permits to retrofit power plants

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    Thu, 25 Jun 2015

  7. New Mexico coal plant owners settle Clean Air Act violations

    The owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation reached a settlement Wednesday with federal agencies over complaints they flouted rules for permits and violated the Clean Air Act , leading to expanded pollution control upgrades that will cost millions of dollars.

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    Thu, 25 Jun 2015

  8. Pelican Refining pleads guilty to Clean Air Act , obstruction in Louisiana

    Pelican Refining Company pleaded guilty to felony violations of the Clean Air Act and to obstruction of justice charges in federal court in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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    Thu, 13 Oct 2011

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