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Greater Sage-Grouse Protection

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a “Notice of Intent to Amend Land Use Plans Regarding Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation and Prepare Associated Environmental Impact Statements or Environmental Assessments.” The proposed amendments shift management plans to the states, forgoing the habitat plan that was developed among the Western states and land users, and BLM and the U.S. Forest Service.

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Stream Protection Rule

This rule was developed “in order to avoid or minimize impacts on surface water, groundwater, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources” from coal mining. The rule has been rescinded.

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The Social Cost of Carbon

The Interagency Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) has been disbanded and the technical documents withdrawn.

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Oil and Gas 111b Methane Rule

This is the first rule to target methane emissions across the natural gas value chain. It also requires methane pollution control at oil wells, where co-produced natural gas is often vented or burned away. EPA must enforce the rule, according to a July 31, 2017 decision by the D.C. Circuit Court.

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Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS)

On April 27, 2017 the D.C. Circuit removed the argument from its calendar,  suspending the case indefinitely, and directed EPA to file 90-day status reports.

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Power Plant Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction Rule

Litigation is suspended indefinitely while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reviews the rule. EPA must file 90-day status reports. – Walter Coke v. EPA, No. 15-1166 (D.C. Cir.).

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Risk Management Plan / Accidental Release Prevention Requirements

In April, 2013, an explosion in a West Texas fertilizer factory killed 15 people and injured another 180. These rules were designed in part to prevent other accidents like this. The rule has been delayed.

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Climate Guidance for NEPA Reviews

President Trump revoked the climate guidance in his Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. Nonetheless, at least one draft environmental review since the Executive Order has included climate impact of a projects greenhouse gas emissions.

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Department of the Interior Regulatory Reform Initiatives

The Department of the Interior (DOI) have made an unusually broad request for public input on which rules it should target for rollback. There is an ongoing opportunity for public comment on this broad de-regulatory agenda.

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National Monuments, Marine National Monuments, & Marine Sanctuaries

Our national monuments, marine national monuments, and marine sanctuaries are under threat of being eliminated, reduced in size, opened to commercial fishing, or developed for logging and mineral or energy extraction.

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