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A federal judge is delaying a decision on whether to halt operations of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to allow its operator to provide more briefing on the economic impacts of a possible shutdown and to weigh how DAPL’s planned bid for an en banc review of a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) ruling would affect his authority.

From Climate Extra

A federal appeals court’s vacatur of a Trump EPA rule aimed at limiting the agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions is a major win for the Biden administration, lawyers say, because it clears the path for EPA to pursue rules for sectors that emit GHGs below the large Trump-era threshold that would have excluded most sources.

Acting EPA air policy chief Joe Goffman is touting the “high priority” the agency and the Biden administration are giving to achieving environmental and social equity improvements at ports, and specifically the importance of reducing air pollution from diesel trucks, trains and shipping that afflicts communities living nearby.

The Biden EPA is moving toward formally scrapping the Trump EPA’s rewrite of cost-benefit analysis processes under the Clean Air Act, though some environmentalists have also urged the new administration to use its review of the measure to codify new procedures enabling stronger rules.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral argument April 13 in refiners’ challenge to the Trump EPA’s approval of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) for year-round use, an authorization that is key to ethanol producers’ hopes of maintaining sales in the face of possible long-term declines in liquid fuel demand.

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