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Utilities Push Narrow CPP Replacement As Pruitt Seeks To Avoid 'Vacuum'

A utility group is urging EPA to develop a replacement for the Clean Power Plan (CPP) greenhouse gas rule, with new, scaled-back targets based on actions taken “inside the fence” of regulated power plants -- an approach that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says he is strongly considering.

Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Angus King (I-ME) have introduced legislation intended to speed permitting for natural gas pipelines and other infrastructure, though the bill does not alter the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review that is often the most time-consuming part of the process.

California air board staff have released a "discussion paper" that aims to clarify the scope and legality of its plan to develop new regulatory "concepts" to reduce emissions from a variety of freight facilities in response to a controversial March board directive, after shipping and other industry representatives warned the plan could be illegal.

Two Democratic governors are touting efforts by states and cities to reduce greenhouse gases in the face of inaction by the Trump administration, though some observers are warning that such subnational action is vulnerable to a variety of legal challenges from industry and other groups.