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Energy Tracker

Welcome to the Global Energy Institute-Beveridge & Diamond Energy Tracker. This site is intended to serve as a one-stop resource for monitoring key regulatory, judicial, and legislative developments associated with the Trump Administration’s energy policy agenda.

The Tracker interface below provides a comprehensive, filterable and sortable list of more than 130 energy-related federal actions tracked by date, agency, high-level topic area, and specific issue. The default view displays entries in reverse chronological order of the most recent substantive action by the relevant agency or court.

Immediately above the Tracker is a list of open comment periods and recent developments. To comment on these or future proposals, please go to the federal rulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for submitting comments. If you need assistance with submission of comments, you may contact the authors.  

Currently Open and Recently Completed Comment Periods
Department Proposal Comment Period
EPA Year-round E15 (FR Notice) 3/21/19 - 4/29/19 (Comment docket)
FERC Electric Transmission Incentives (FR Notice) 3/28/19 - 6/26/19 (FERC docket PL19-3-000)
EPA CWA Section 401 Pre-proposal recommendations (EPA Notice) 4/15/19 - 6/10/19 (Comment docket)
CEQ NEPA GHG Guidance (FR Notice) 6/26/19 - 7/26/19 (Comment docket)
DOE Dishwasher efficiency standards (FR Notice) 7/16/19 - 9/16/19 (Comment docket)

The Tracker is updated regularly. This edition is updated through July 16, 2019.

  • Notable Developments Over the Last Month

  • 7/16/19: DOE approves petition requesting establishment of a new class of short cycle dishwashers. (Comment docket)

  • 7/12/19: NHTSA finalizes rulemaking to reduce financial penalty rates for automakers that fall short of CAFE requirements.

  • 7/12/19: EPA sends proposed rule clarifying state certification procedures under CWA Section 401 to OMB for review.

  • 7/8/19: EPA finalizes Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, as well as the repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

  • 7/5/19: EPA proposes RFS renewable volume obligations (RVO) for 2020.

  • 7/3/19: DOE sends final rule modifying energy efficiency standards for general service light bulbs to OMB for review.

  • 6/25/19: EPA releases proposed rule reforming “once-in, always-in” policy, allowing major sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) to reclassify as area sources when they permanently reduce hazardous air emissions

  • 6/25/19: White House Council on Environmental Quality releases draft guidance addressing incorporation of greenhouse gas considerations in agency NEPA reviews. (Comment docket)

  • 6/20/19: FERC approves order expanding the reporting requirements for grid-related cyber security incidents.

  • 6/11/19: Environmental groups petition Northern California district court to invalidate Interior Department's recently finailzed reforms well control and blowout preventer rule. 

  • 6/10/19: EPA sends proposal modifying methane new source performance standards to OMB for review.

  • 6/7/19: EPA issues guidance to clarify and streamline permitting processes under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act

  • 6/6/19: EPA finalizes rule allowing year-round E15 sales.

  • See Full List 

In addition to the comprehensive tracking database below, cumulative data quantifying the status and progress of Trump Administration energy actions is tabulated in this simplified quick reference list. As of this edition of the Tracker, energy-related actions taken by President Trump include 12 executive orders, 6 presidential memoranda, and provisions in 7 public laws. Further, by our best estimate, there are currently 13 energy-related regulatory/policy reforms initiated or under review, 12 reforms formally proposed, and 45 reform actions that have been finalized or completed. (These figures do not include project-specific actions such as leases or permit approvals.) 

Please contact Dan Byers of GEI (dbyers@uschamber.com) or David Friedland of Beveridge and Diamond (dfriedland@bdlaw.com, 202.789.6047) with questions, updates, or suggestions. For specific legal documents, please contact Beveridge and Diamond.

 

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Energy Tracker

Indicates Public Law
Topic Issue/Reg Order/Action Most Recent Action Agency Litigation (if any) Notes/Info/Chamber Statements
Energy Efficiency Appliance Standards
  • 7/16/2019

    7/16/19: DOE approves petition requesting establishment of a new class of short cycle dishwashers, and requests comment on related proposal. (Comment docket)

  • Energy
    Water Regulations / Fracking CWA Section 401
    • 7/12/2019

      EPA sends proposed rule clarifying state certification procedures under CWA Section 401 to OMB for review.

    • 6/7/2019

      EPA issues guidance to clarify and streamline permitting processes under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act

    • 5/23/2019

      OMB-OIRA regulatory agenda projects EPA proposed EPA rule clarifying state certification procedures under CWA Section 401 in August 2019.

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    • Army Corps
    • EPA

      6/7/19: GEI statement on EPA CWA Section 401 guidance.

      5/23/19: U.S. Chamber pre-proposal recommendations on Section 401 regulatory process.

      Vehicles / Fuels CAFE Standards
      • 7/12/2019

        NHTSA finalizes rulemaking to reduce financial penalty rates for automakers that fall short of CAFE requirements.

         

         

         

         

      • 5/23/2019

        OMB-OIRA regulatory agenda projects EPA finalization of Safer Fuel-Efficient Vehicles (SAFE) rule in June 2019.

      • 10/19/2018

        OMB-OIRA regulatory agenda projects finalization of CAFE/light-duty GHG standards rule in December 2018.

      • 10/1/2018

        EPA announces technical corrections to 2012 light-duty GHG standards rule pertaining to the calculation of regulatory credits.

      • 8/2/2018

        EPA and NHTSA announce proposed rulemaking to revise Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for light duty vehicles, as well as three public hearings from 9/24/18 to 9/26/18.
        (Comment docket)

      • 5/31/2018

        NHTSA sends proposed CAFE standards for model years 2021-2026 to Office of Management and Budget for review.

      • 4/3/2018

        EPA announces completion of the Midterm Evaluation (MTE) process for light duty vehicle GHG standards for model years 2022-2025, determining that current standards are not appropriate and should be revised.

      • 3/27/2018

        The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes to retain civil penalties for auto manufacturer CAFE violations, rejecting Obama Administration proposal to increase fines.

        (Press release)

      • 8/21/2017

        NHTSA and EPA announce formal reconsideration of light-duty vehicle GHG standards for model years 2022-2025. 

        (Comment docket)

      • 7/26/2017

        NHTSA announces public comment period for scoping environmental impact assessment associated with new CAFE standards for model year 2022-2025 passenger vehicles.

      • 7/7/2017

        NHTSA is indefinitely delaying the effective date of the “Civil Penalties” final rule. The purpose for indefinitely delaying the final rule is to reconsider appropriate CAFE civil penalties. 

      • 3/15/2017

        President Trump directs EPA to reopen mid-term review of light-duty mileage standards for cars and trucks.

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      • EPA
      • DOT
        Air Regulations Clean Power Plan (Existing Source Performance Standards)
        • 7/8/2019

          EPA finalizes Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, as well as the repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

        • 2/1/2018

          EPA announces additional public hearings on proposed CPP repeal, and extends comment deadline until 4/26/18.

        • 11/8/2017

          EPA announces public hearing on proposed CPP repeal, and extends comment deadline on proposal to 1/18/18.

        • 10/23/2015

          Final Clean Power Plan published in Federal Register.

        • 10/16/2017

          EPA announces proposal to repeal Clean Power Plan and plans for Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to solicit comment on whether further regulatory action is warranted. (Link to comment docket)

        • 6/9/2017

          EPA submits proposed CPP changes to OMB for review. 

        • 3/28/2017

          Section 4 of Executive Order 13783 directs review and reconsideration of EPA Clean Power Plan.

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        • Potus
        • EPA
        • 7/3/2019

          EPA submits its 30-day scheduled status report stating EPA Administrator A. Wheeler has signed a final rule known as the Affordable Clean Energy Rule. (No. 15-1363)

        • 6/4/2019

          Case argued and submitted. (No. 18-36082).

        • 5/6/2019

          EPA submits its 30-day scheduled status report stating that it expects to be in a position to take final action in June 2019. (No. 15-1363

        • 4/5/2019

          Court orders the consolidated cases to remain in abeyance for 60 days; EPA to continue filing 30-day status reports. (No. 14-1363)

        • 3/24/2019

          Oral argument scheduled for June 4, 2019. (No. 18-36082).

        • 3/14/2019

          Respondent-Intervenors file their opposition to EPA’s request to hold case in abeyance. (No. 15-1363).

        • 3/11/2019

          EPA submits its 30-day scheduled status report stating that the agency expects to take final rulemaking action by second quarter of 2019 and requesting case to be held in abeyance. (No. 15-1363).

        • 2/8/2019

          EPA submits its 30-day scheduled status report stating that the agency expects to take final rulemaking action by second quarter of 2019.

        • 1/24/2019

          DC Circuit Court grants EPA request to postpone CPP status report until 14 days after resolution of the government shutdown..

        • 12/21/2018

          Court orders the consolidated cases to remain in abeyance for 60 days; EPA to continue filing 30-day status reports. 

          EPA submits its 30-day scheduled status report stating that the agency expects to take final rulemaking action by Spring of 2019.

        • 11/21/2018

          EPA submits its 30-day scheduled status report stating that the agency expects to take final rulemaking action by the first part of 2019.

        • 9/4/2018

          Enviro group intervenors file opposition to continued abeyance.

        • 7/24/2018

          State petitioners and municipal intervenors file joint status report in support of continued abeyance.

        • 6/26/2018

          Court enters order directing EPA to continue to file status reports at 30-day interval.

        • 6/1/2018

          EPA submits 30-day status report regarding the scope of the potential new rule and requests the court to continue to hold case in abeyance.

        • 5/9/2018

          State and municipal intervenors file in opposition to EPA’s request for further abeyance.

        • 5/9/2018

          Public health and environmental group intervenors file an opposition against EPA’s request for further abeyance.

        • 5/2/2018

          EPA submits status report stating it is considering scope of potential new rule and requests the court to continue to hold case in abeyance.

        • 4/2/2018

          EPA submits status report stating it is considering scope of potential new rule and requests the court to continue to hold case in abeyance.

        • 3/1/2018

          Court enters order directing EPA to continue filing status reports at 30-day intervals.

        • 2/9/2018

          EPA submits status report stating it is considering scope of potential new rule and requests the court to continue to hold case in abeyance.

        • 1/17/2018

          Public health and environmental organizations file their opposition to EPA’s request for further abeyance.

           

        • 1/17/2018

          State and Municipal Respondents file their opposition to EPA’s request for further abeyance.

        • 1/10/2018

          EPA submits status report stating it is considering scope of potential new rule and requests the court to continue to hold case in abeyance.

        • 12/11/2017

          EPA submits status report stating it is considering scope of potential new rule and requests the court to continue to hold case in abeyance.

        • 11/9/2017

          D.C. Circuit grants 60-day abeyance; orders EPA to provide 30-day status updates.

        • 10/17/2017

          Intervenors file their response to EPA’s status report and request for indefinite abeyance.

        • 10/10/2017

          EPA submits status report, stating that the Administrator signed a proposed rule to repeal the Clean power Plan. EPA requests the court to continue to hold case in abeyance.

        • 9/7/2017

          EPA submits status report scheduling publication of the proposed rule for Fall 2017 inviting public comment. EPA requests the court to continue to hold the case in abeyance.

        • 8/8/2017

          D.C. Circuit grants another 60-day abeyance; reminds EPA that it has “affirmative statutory obligation to regulate greenhouse gases.” (Court Order)

        • 4/28/2017

          D.C. Circuit grants 60-day abeyance; orders EPA to provide 30 day status updates. Abeyance granted through approximately June 27.

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        Global Energy Institute statement on proposed repeal of Clean Power Plan (10/10/17)

        Energy Institute information on Clean Power Plan and EPA carbon regulations.

        Litigation details at U.S. Chamber Litigation Center.

        Case: West Virginia v. EPA, No. 15-1363 (D.C. Cir.)

        Air Regulations Affordable Clean Energy Rule
        • 7/8/2019

          EPA finalizes Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, as well as the repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

        • 5/23/2019

          OMB-OIRA regulatory agenda projects finalization of EPA Affordable Clean Energy rule in June 2019.

        • 10/19/2018

          OMB-OIRA fall unified regulatory agenda projects release of final Affordable Clean Energy rule in March 2019.

        • 7/31/2018

          EPA releases proposed “Affordable Clean Energy rule” for existing electric generating units.

          (Agency press release)

          (Comment docket)

        • 7/9/2018

          EPA sends draft proposed rule -- “State Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Existing Electric Utility Generating Units” (CPP replacement) --to OMB for review.

        • 5/9/2018

          Office of Management and Budget – Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OMB-OIRA) unified regulatory agenda projects release of NPRM on new 111(d) guidelines for existing electric generating units in June 2018.

        • 12/18/2017

          EPA publishes advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comment on “State Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Electric Utility Generating Units”-- a framework to replace the Clean Power Plan.

          (Agency fact sheet)

          (Comment docket)

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        • EPA

          10/31/18: Coalition comments on proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule.

          2/26/18: Chamber coalition comments on proposed ANPRM

          12/18/17: GEI CEO Karen Harbert’s statement on ANPRM proposal.

          Vehicles / Fuels Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
          • 7/5/2019

            EPA proposes RFS renewable volume obligations (RVO) for 2020.

          • 5/20/2019

            EPA sends proposed RFS “reset rule” volume requirements for 2020-2022 to OMB for review.

          • 5/6/2019

            EPA sends proposed 2020 RFS volume requirements to OMB for review.

          • 12/11/2018

            EPA announces final volume requirements under the RFS program for 2019 for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel, and biomass-based diesel for 2020.

            (Agency summary)

          • 10/19/2018

            OMB-OIRA fall unified regulatory agenda projects release of proposed rule setting 2020 RFS volumes in January 2019.

          • 10/11/2018

            President Trump directs EPA to promulgate a rulemaking allowing year-round sale of E15 fuel.

          • 6/26/2018

            EPA proposes RFS volume standards for 2019, and biomass-based diesel volumes for 2020.

          • 12/12/2017

            EPA finalizes renewable fuel standard blending requirements for 2018, and biomass-based diesel volumes for 2019. (Agency fact sheet)

          • 11/30/2017

            EPA issues notice rejecting request to change RFS point of obligation from refiners and importers of gasoline and diesel fuel to parties that blend and transport the fuel.

          • 10/4/2017

            EPA proposes to repeal  glider provisions of the heavy-duty truck phase II GHG and fuel efficiency standards.

            (News Summary)

          • 7/21/2017

            EPA proposes renewable fuel volumetric blending requirements for 2018.

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          • EPA
            Renewables/Energy Efficiency Light Bulbs
            • 7/3/2019

              DOE sends final rule modifying energy efficiency standards for general service light bulbs to OMB for review.

            • 2/11/2019

              DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) proposes modifications to efficiency standards for general service lamps.

            • Energy
              Air Regulations Startup, Shutdown, Malfunction (SSM)
                • EPA
                • 7/1/2019

                  Petitioner Utility Air Regulatory Group files motion for voluntary dismissal of its petition for review. 

                • 2/8/2019

                  EPA files its sixth 90-day status report stating that the rule is still under review.

                • 10/16/2018

                  EPA files its sixth 90-day status report stating that the rule is still under review. 

                • 7/18/2018

                  EPA files its fifth 90-day status report.

                • 4/19/2018

                  EPA files its fourth 90-day status report.

                • 1/19/2018

                  EPA files its third 90-day status report.

                • 10/23/2017

                  EPA files its second 90-day status report.

                • 7/24/2017

                  EPA files first abeyance reporting indicating that it continues to review the SSM rule.

                • 4/24/2017

                  D.C. Circuit grants DOJ/EPA request to delay scheduled oral arguments regarding challenges to 2015 EPA SSM rule, giving the agency  time to reconsider the rule. The Court’s order places the SSM legal challenge in abeyance for 90 days, and requires EPA to submit a 90-day status report.

                • 6/12/2015

                  Environmental and industry groups file for review of Agency final rule regarding State Implementation Plans’ SSM policies. 

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                Case: Envtl. Comm. FL Elec. Power Coordinating Grp. v. EPA, No. 15-1239 (D.C. Cir.)

                Permitting / NEPA Greenhouse Gases
                • 6/26/2019

                  White House Council on Environmental Quality releases draft guidance addressing incorporation of greenhouse gas considerations in agency NEPA reviews. (Comment docket)

                • CEQ
                  Air Regulations CAA Section 112
                  • 6/25/2019

                    EPA releases proposed rule reforming “once-in, always-in” policy, allowing major sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) to reclassify as area sources when they permanently reduce hazardous air emissions.

                  • 5/23/2019

                    OMB-OIRA regulatory agenda projects proposed EPA rule reclassifying when a major source can become an area source under CAA Section 112 in June 2019.

                  • 10/19/2018

                    OMB-OIRA fall unified regulatory agenda projects February 2019 release of proposed rule reflecting changes made in 1/25/18 guidance memorandum. 

                  • 1/25/2018

                    EPA issues guidance memorandum reversing “once-in, always-in” policy under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act.

                    (Press release)

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                  • EPA
                  • 4/1/2019

                    Oral argument held.

                  • 2/19/2019

                    Oral argument scheduled for April 1, 2019.

                  • 1/14/2019

                    Trade group intervenors file their response brief to petitioners' opening brief. Trade group amici also file their amicus brief.

                  • 12/21/2018

                    Respondent EPA files its response to petitioners’ opening brief.

                  • 3/26/2018

                    Environmental petitioners file for review of EPA’s action reversing once-in, always-in policy.

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                  Air Regulations MATS "Supplemental Findings"
                  • 2/7/2019

                    EPA MATS supplemental cost finding proposal formally published in the Federal Register.

                  • 12/28/2018

                    12/28/18: EPA announces proposal to revise MATS supplemental cost finding.

                    (Comment docket)

                  • 10/19/2018

                    EPA sends proposed changes modifying 2012 MATS regulation to OMB for review.

                  • 7/29/2018

                    EPA informally announces that it plans to reconsider the 2012 MATS regulation.

                  • 5/9/2018

                    OMB-OIRA semiannual unified regulatory agenda projects proposed rulemaking addressing MATS regulation will be released in August 2018.

                  • 4/25/2016

                    EPA issues Supplemental Finding responding to U.S. Supreme Court decision in Michigan v. EPA, 135 S. Ct. 2699 (2015), discussing the appropriateness of associated costs including MATS, in regulating coal and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (EGUs). 

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                  • EPA
                  • 6/24/2019

                    Court grants Utility Air Regulatory Group’s motion for voluntary dismissal of its petition for review. 

                  • 1/14/2019

                    EPA submits its status report stating that it continues to review the final rule to determine whether the rule should be “maintained, modified or otherwise reconsidered.” EPA will submit its next status report in 90 days.

                  • 10/16/2018

                    EPA submits its status report stating that it continues to review the final rule to determine whether the rule should be “maintained, modified or otherwise reconsidered.” EPA will submit its next status report in 90 days.

                  • 7/18/2018

                    EPA submits its status report stating that it continues to review the final rule to determine whether the rule should be “maintained, modified or otherwise reconsidered.”

                  • 4/19/2018

                    EPA submits its status report stating that it continues to review the final rule to determine whether the rule should be “maintained, modified or otherwise reconsidered.”

                  • 1/19/2018

                    EPA submits its status report stating that it continues to review the final rule to determine whether the rule should be “maintained, modified or otherwise reconsidered.”

                  • 10/24/2017

                    EPA submits its status report stating that it continues to review the Supplemental Finding to determine whether the rule should be “maintained, modified or otherwise reconsidered.”

                  • 7/26/2017

                    EPA submits its status report stating that EPA is continuing to review its finding to determine whether the rule should be “maintained, modified or otherwise reconsidered.”

                  • 4/27/2017

                    D.C. Circuit order in response to DOJ/EPA request postpones May 18 oral arguments; grants 90-day abeyance.

                  • 4/25/2017

                    Industry files petition for review of final agency action regarding findings for coal- and oil-fired energy generating units. 

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                  04/17/19: U.S. Chamber comments on MATS proposal

                  03/26/19: Coalition comments on MATS proposal

                  03/18/19: U.S. Chamber comments at EPA public hearing on MATS proposal

                  Case: Murray Energy v. EPA, No. 16-1127 (D.C. Cir.)

                  Electricity Cyber Security
                  • 6/20/2019

                    FERC approves order expanding the reporting requirements for grid-related cyber security incidents

                  • FERC
                    Water Regulations / Fracking Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS)
                    • 5/23/2019

                      OMB-OIRA regulatory agenda projects finalization of rules repealing and replacing WOTUS in August 2019 and December 2019, respectively.

                    • 2/14/2019

                      EPA and Army Corps WOTUS proposal formally published in Federal Register.

                    • 12/11/2018

                      EPA formally proposes revised definition of WOTUS.

                      (Press release and fact sheets)

                      (Comment docket)

                    • 10/19/2018

                      Office of Management and Budget - Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OMB-OIRA) spring unified regulatory agenda projects release of proposed rule to revise the definition of WOTUS in November 2018 and finalization of WOTUS repeal in March 2019.

                    • 7/12/2018

                      EPA issues supplemental proposal to clarify and request additional public comment on the July 2017 proposal to permanently repeal the 2015 WOTUS rule.

                    • 6/15/2018

                      EPA sends proposed “step 2” definition of Waters of the United States rule to Office of Management and Budget.

                      (Agency press release)

                    • 6/11/2018

                      District Court for the Southern District of Georgia granted Plaintiffs’ (11 states) motion for preliminary injunction effectively blocking implementation of WOTUS Rule. 

                    • 5/9/2018

                      OMB-OIRA spring unified regulatory agenda projects release of supplemental proposal regarding the proposed repeal in 5/18, followed by repeal finalization in 11/18. The agenda projects a revised WOTUS definition will be proposed in 8/18.

                    • 4/11/2018

                      EPA sends proposal finalizing repeal of WOTUS and recodifying the preexisting definition of a WOTUS to OMB for final review.

                      (EO 12866 meetings)

                    • 3/30/2018

                      EPA delegates oversight of Clean Water Act permitting decisions to Office of Water.

                    • 2/6/2018

                      EPA finalizes proposal delaying effective implementation date of the 2015 WOTUS rule until February 6, 2020.

                      (Agency press release)

                    • 11/22/2017

                      EPA proposes to delay the effective implementation date of the WOTUS rule until 2020, to ensure that the prior definition of “waters of the United States” remains in effect while further changes to the definition are considered. (Regulations.gov docket)

                       

                    • 6/28/2017

                      EPA, Army Corps formally propose repeal of 2015 Waters of the U.S. regulation and announce intention to pursue follow-on rulemaking revising definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

                      (Federal Register)

                    • 2/28/2017

                      Executive Order 13778 directing EPA to review and reconsider its “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) regulation.

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                    • Potus
                    • EPA
                    • 6/12/2019

                      Oklahoma, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and other business groups asked 10th Circuit to review district court decision denying motion for preliminary injunction.

                    • 5/29/2019

                      Northern District of Oklahoma denies motion for preliminary injunction, finding lack of irreparable harm, leaving rule in place while it considers the merits.

                    • 5/29/2019

                      Texas District Court remands 2015 WOTUS rule, granting a motion for summary judgment that the Final Rule violated the notice-and-comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act violations (News summary) (No. 3:15-CV-00162)

                    • 11/26/2018

                      Oregon district court judge vacates delay of WOTUS regulation, following similar 8/16/18 decision in South Carolina. 

                    • 11/24/2018

                      Intervenor environmental groups file their reply in support of cross motion for summary judgment.

                    • 11/7/2018

                      American Farm Bureau files its reply to Federal Defendants’ opposition to motion for summary judgment. 

                    • 10/10/2018

                      Federal Defendants file their opposition to American Farm Bureau’s motion for summary judgment; Environmental groups file opposition to summary judgment and cross-motion for summary judgment.

                    • 8/31/2018

                      State of Georgia files its motion for summary judgment.

                    • 8/31/2018

                      Intervenor American Farm Bureau files motion for summary judgment.

                    • 8/31/2018

                      Federal defendants file their answer to state plaintiffs.

                    • 8/16/2018

                      District Court invalidates EPA delay of WOTUS rule, reinstating the regulation in 26 states.

                    • 7/3/2018

                      Intervenors file their answer and defenses opposing the amended complaint. (No. 15-cv-00079 )

                    • 6/8/2018

                      District Court grants Plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction blocking WOTUS rule. (No. 15-00079).

                    • 6/6/2018

                      National Wildlife Federation and One Hundred Miles filed brief in opposition of the motion for preliminary injunction. (No. 15-00079).

                    • 6/6/2018

                      Plaintiffs’ file a brief in support for a motion for preliminary injunction. (No. 15-00079).

                    • 3/23/2018

                      U.S. District Court of North Dakota issues an order granting states’ request to resume litigation on WOTUS rule.

                    • 2/28/2018

                      Sixth Circuit lifts nationwide stay of Waters of the U.S. rule. (No. 15-3751).

                    • 1/22/2018

                      Supreme Court issues an opinion concluding that the final rule under review is an action that falls outside the judicial review, thereby determining that that litigation involving EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” regulation and other Clean Water Act rules should be heard by federal district courts. (No. 15-3751).

                    • 11/22/2017

                      Federal Respondents file notice of publication of proposed rule. (No. 15-3751).

                    • 6/30/2017

                      EPA files notice of publication of proposed rulemaking to re-codify the definition of WOTUS. (No. 15-3751).

                    • 4/3/2017

                      Supreme Court denies Trump Administration request to halt review of case to determine appropriate jurisdiction. (Supreme Court argument scheduled 10/11/17).

                    • 1/25/2017

                      Sixth Circuit grants abeyance in Murray Energy v. EPA lawsuit against (stayed) WOTUS regulation, pending Trump Administration review of the rule. (No. 15-3751).urt grants certiorari on motion by Murray Energy v. EPA intervenor National Association of Manufacturers regarding which federal court has jurisdiction over EPA’s WOTUS rule. (No. 15-3751). 

                    • 1/13/2017

                      Supreme Court grants certiorari on motion by Murray Energy v. EPA intervenor National Association of Manufacturers regarding which federal court has jurisdiction over EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule.

                    • 7/13/2015

                      Industry petitioners file for review of Agency final action defining “Waters of the United States” in Murray Energy v. EPA. (No. 15-3751).

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                    4/15/19: U.S. Chamber comments on proposed revised WOTUS definition.

                    8/14/18: U.S. Chamber comments on WOTUS supplemental proposal; Waters Advocacy Coalition comments on supplemental proposal.

                    12/13/17: U.S. Chamber comments on proposal to delay WOTUS implementation date.

                    Waters Advocacy Coalition 9/27/17 letter on proposed WOTUS repeal.

                    U.S. Chamber 9/25/17 comments on proposed WOTUS repeal.

                    Coalition letter supporting executive order on WOTUS rule.

                    Blog and Chamber statement: EPA Will Repeal Obama’s Land-Grabbing Water Rule.

                    Litigation details at Chamber Litigation Center

                    Case: State of Georgia et al. v. McCarthy et al., No. 15-cv-00079 (S.D. Ga)

                    Case: Murray Energy v. EPA, No. 15-3751 (6th Cir.)

                    Case: Nat’l Assn. of Mfr. v. Dep’t of Def., No. 16-299 (S. Ct.)

                    General / Energy Development Offshore energy
                    • 5/15/2019

                      Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement finalizes revisions to well control and blowout preventer regulations.

                    • 10/19/2018

                      OMB-OIRA fall unified regulatory agenda projects finalization of Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Rule in December 2018.

                    • 4/27/2018

                      Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement proposes modifications to Blowout Preventer and Well Control Rule.

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                    • Interior
                    • 6/11/2019

                      Environmental groups petition Northern California district court to invalidate Interior Department's recently finailzed reforms well control and blowout preventer rule. 

                       

                    Air Regulations Regional Haze
                      • EPA
                      • 6/10/2019

                        Court enters order holding case in abeyance and directing EPA to file a status report by Sep. 9, 2019.

                      • 3/11/2019

                        Court enters order holding case in abeyance and directing EPA to file a status report by June 10, 2019.

                      • 12/10/2018

                        EPA files its status report stating it is conducting technical analyses of the regional haze Final Rule (Utah implementation plan) and will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking.

                      • 9/10/2018

                        Court enters order holding case in abeyance and directing EPA to file a status report by Dec. 10, 2018.

                      • 6/11/2018

                        Court enters order holding case in abeyance and directing EPA to file status report by Sep. 10, 2018.

                      • 3/12/2018

                        In status report to the Tenth Circuit, EPA says it plans to develop a new regional haze plan for Utah after completing new air quality modeling simulations later this spring.

                      • 9/11/2017

                        Tenth Circuit grants request from PacifiCorp and State of Utah to stay litigation on EPA’s 2016 regional haze Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) while EPA reconsiders the rule.

                      more

                      Case: Utah v. EPA, No. 16-9541 (10th Cir.)

                      Air Regulations Methane NSPS
                      • 6/10/2019

                        EPA sends proposal modifying methane new source performance standards to OMB for review.

                      • 5/23/2019

                        OMB-OIRA regulatory agenda projects EPA finalization of methane new source performance standards rule in September 2019.

                      • 10/19/2018

                        OMB-OIRA fall regulatory agenda projects finalization of methane new source performance standards rule in April 2019

                      • 10/15/2018

                        EPA formally proposes changes to methane new source performance standards (OOOOa, or "Quad O" rules) that “streamline implementation, reduce duplicative EPA and state requirements, and significantly decrease unnecessary burdens on domestic energy producers.” (Comment docket)

                      • 5/9/2018

                        Office of Management and Budget - Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OMB-OIRA) spring unified regulatory agenda projects finalization of methane New Source Performance Standards (NSPS, 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart OOOOa) rulemaking in November 2018.

                      • 3/12/2018

                        EPA finalizes amendments to the Oil and Gas Sector rule, removing the requirement for completion of delayed repair during unscheduled and emergency vent blowdowns and providing for separate monitoring requirements for well sites on the Alaskan North Slope.

                      • 11/8/2017

                        EPA issues a notice seeking comment on the agency’s proposed stays of certain requirements in  2016 NSPS for the oil and gas industry.

                        (Agency fact sheet)

                      • 6/16/2017

                        EPA issues order proposing to stay for two years the implementation of 2016 New Source Performance Standards emission standards emission standards from oil and gas production.

                      • 6/14/2017

                        EPA announces its intention to stop development of emission guidelines for existing oil and gas sources.

                      • 6/5/2017

                        EPA issues a 90-day stay of agency rules limiting methane leaks at drilling sites.

                      more
                      • EPA
                      • 7/31/2018

                        EPA files answer to complaint. (No. 18-773).

                      • 5/30/2018

                        Intervenor Environmental Defense Fund files a complaint compelling EPA to issue methane emission guidelines from existing oil and gas sources. (No. 18-773)

                      • 4/5/2018

                        State and local governments file complaint against EPA to comply with  nondiscretionary duty via  Clean Air Act to set methane emission guidelines for oil and gas sources. (No. 18-773).

                      • 4/4/2018

                        State and local governments file complaint against EPA stating that the agency failed to set standards for methane emissions from existing oil and gas infrastructure. (No. 17-1145).

                      • 8/10/2017

                        Industry and State petitioners’ request for a rehearing en banc denied. (No. 17-1145).

                      • 7/31/2017

                        D.C. Circuit en banc panel vacates EPA’s 90-day pause of methane rule implementation for new oil and gas sources, putting the rule back into effect. (No. 17-1145).

                      • 7/13/2017

                        D.C. Circuit grants EPA request to delay enforcement of methane NSPS regulation for 14 days while the agency considers whether to appeal the ruling.  (No. 17-1145).

                      • 7/3/2017

                        D.C. Circuit invalidates EPA two-year administrative stay of 2016 methane NSPS regulation; orders immediate enforcement of rule.

                      • 6/5/2017

                        Environmental petitioners file for review of EPA’s final action staying its own methane NSPS regulations on oil and gas sites.  (No.17-1145).

                      more

                      Case: Clean Air Council v. EPA, No. 17-1145 (D.C. Cir.)

                      Case: State of New York v. Pruitt, No. 18-773 (D.D.C.)

                       

                      Permitting / NEPA Pipelines
                      • 3/29/2019

                        President Trump signs Presidential Memorandum granting permit to construct Keystone XL pipeline.

                      • 12/3/2018

                        State Department announces Notice of Intent to prepare additional Keystone XL supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) in response to ruling from Federal District Court in Montana relating to greenhouse gas emissions, oil spills, cultural resources, and market analysis. 

                      • 9/24/2018

                        State Department issues draft environmental impact statement for alternative Keystone XL pipeline route.

                      • 7/30/2018

                        State Department releases draft environmental assessment of revised Keystone XL pipeline route, initiating 60-day comment period.

                        (Comment docket)

                      • 7/15/2018

                        Court issues partial order on summary judgment regarding NEPA compliance.

                      • 4/4/2017

                        Department of State issues Presidential Permit to Keystone XL pipeline.

                      • 1/24/2017

                        Presidential Memorandum directing relevant federal agencies to promptly complete review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

                      more
                      • Potus
                      • Army Corps
                      • 6/7/2019

                        9th Circuit Court of Appeals vacates a injunction issued by Montana district court blocking construction of Keystone XL pipeline in light of recently issued presidential permit. 

                      • 4/8/2019

                        Environmental petitioners file suit challenging presidential memorandum granting permit to Keystone XL pipeline. (News summary)

                      • 3/19/2019

                        Intervenor TransCanada files notice of appeal with the Ninth Circuit. 

                      • 2/15/2019

                        Montana District Court issues order enjoining preparation of sites for off-right-of-way construction camps on public lands surveyed for cultural resources, ultimately blocking preconstruction work on Keystone XL Pipeline. (News summary)

                      • 1/14/2019

                        District court hears TransCanada request to resume Keystone XL pre-construction activities on private lands while environmental reviews proceed.

                        (News summary)

                      • 12/21/2018

                        Notice of appeal to the Ninth Circuit filed by TransCanda Corp.

                      • 12/7/2018

                        Montana district court judge halts preconstruction field work on Keystone XL Pipeline until completion of environmental reviews ordered in prior ruling. (News summary)

                      • 8/15/2018

                        Court issues partial order on summary judgment regarding NEPA compliance.

                      • 5/11/2018

                        Defendants file a reply supporting motion for summary judgment.

                      • 4/27/2018

                        Environmental groups file their replies in support of motion for summary judgment.

                      • 3/30/2018

                        Defendants file summary judgment cross-motion.

                      • 3/30/2018

                        Intervenor TransCanada files motion for summary judgment.

                      • 2/9/2018

                        Plaintiffs and environmental groups file their motion for partial summary judgment.

                      • 1/22/2018

                        Defendants file their opposition to plaintiffs’ motion to compel.

                      • 1/8/2018

                        Plaintiffs file motion to compel the completion of administrative records and to lift confidentiality designation.

                      • 12/6/2017

                        Federal Defendants file  reply brief supporting their motion to limit judicial review to the administrative record.

                      • 11/22/2017

                        Court enters order denying the Federal Defendants’ motion to dismiss.

                      • 11/22/2017

                        Environmental Plaintiffs file their respective responses to Federal Defendants’ motion.

                      • 11/8/2017

                        Federal defendants file brief in support of their motion to limit judicial review of all claims to the administrative records.

                      • 10/4/2017

                        Parties file statement of stipulated facts; Plaintiffs file a Preliminary Pretrial Statement

                      • 3/30/2017

                        Environmental petitioners file for review of final agency approval of construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

                      more

                      3/29/19: U.S. Chamber statement on Presidential Permit for Keystone XL pipeline.

                      Blog: Keystone XL Update (11/19/17).

                      Chamber President and CEO Donohue’s statement on the Trump administration’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

                      Case: N. Plains Res. Council v. Shannon, No. 17-cv-00031 (D. Mont.)

                      Vehicles / Fuels Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
                      • 6/6/2019

                        EPA finalizes rule allowing year-round E15 sales.

                      • 5/23/2019

                        OMB-OIRA regulatory agenda projects EPA finalization of rule allowing year-round E15 sales in June 2019.

                      • 3/21/2019

                        EPA proposes rule to allow E15 waiver and to improve renewable identification number (RIN) market transparency. 

                      more
                        Water Regulations / Fracking Coal Combustion Residuals
                        • 5/23/2019

                          OMB-OIRA regulatory agenda projects EPA proposal revising federal coal combustion residuals permitting process in July 2019.

                        • 7/30/2018

                          EPA finalizes revisions to 2015 coal combustion residuals (CCR) rulemaking. 

                        • 6/18/2018

                          EPA announces approval of Oklahoma permit program for managing coal combustion residuals--the first state permit of its kind.

                        • 5/9/2018

                          OMB-OIRA semiannual unified regulatory agenda projects NPRM addressing CCR modifications in September 2018.

                        • 3/1/2018

                          EPA proposes amendments to Phase I of 2015 CCR regulations.

                          (Comment docket)

                        • 9/14/2017

                          EPA announces that it plans to reconsider certain provisions of 2015 coal combustion residuals (coal ash) regulations.

                        • 8/15/2017

                          EPA releases interim final guidance for development of state coal combustion residual permitting programs; opens 30 day comment period.

                          (News Summary)

                        • 5/12/2017

                          Petition filed with EPA for review of Coal Ash rule by Utility Solid Waste Activities Group.

                        more
                        • EPA
                        • 1/31/2019

                          EPA files response to petitioners request for stay or summary vacatur of 7/30/18 CCR revisions.

                        • 10/22/2018

                          Environmental petitioners file suit in D.C. Circuit challenging EPA’s revisions to 2015 coal combustion residuals rulemaking.

                        • 10/15/2018

                          Court issues mandate ordering 8/21/2018 decision:

                          1) denying EPA’s abeyance motion, 2) partially granting EPA’s remand motion, 3) partially granting Environmental petition and 4) denying Industry petition.

                        • 11/20/2017

                          Oral argument held.

                        • 11/15/2017

                          EPA files its status report setting forth provisions of the Final Rule that are or are likely to be reconsidered by the Agency.

                        • 11/13/2017

                          Environmental Petitioners and Intervenors file opposition to motion for voluntary remand.

                        • 11/7/2017

                          Petitioner files motion for voluntary remand.

                        • 9/27/2017

                          Court reschedules oral argument to 11/20/17.

                        • 9/18/2017

                          Government files motion to hold case in abeyance pending EPA reconsideration of the rule.

                        • 8/3/2017

                          Order filed scheduling oral arguments for October 17.

                        • 7/5/2015

                          Industry petitioners file for review of EPA’s final “Hazardous and Solid Waste Management System; Disposal of coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities” final rule.

                        more

                        Case: Util. Solid Waste Activities Grp. v. EPA, No. 15-1219 (D.C. Cir.).

                        Water Regulations / Fracking CWA Section 404(c)
                        • 5/23/2019

                          OMB-OIRA regulatory agenda projects proposed rule modifying CWA 404(g) regulations in March 2020.

                        • 8/7/2018

                          Army Corps of Engineers announces memorandum empowering States and tribes to assume administration of Clean Water Act Section 404 “dredge and fill” permitting activities.

                          (Agency press release)

                        • Army Corps
                          Topic
                          Air Regulations
                          Issue/Reg
                          Clean Power Plan (Existing Source Performance Standards)
                          Order/Action
                          • 7/8/2019

                            EPA finalizes Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, as well as the repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

                          • 2/1/2018

                            EPA announces additional public hearings on proposed CPP repeal, and extends comment deadline until 4/26/18.

                          • 11/8/2017

                            EPA announces public hearing on proposed CPP repeal, and extends comment deadline on proposal to 1/18/18.

                          • 10/23/2015

                            Final Clean Power Plan published in Federal Register.

                          • 10/16/2017

                            EPA announces proposal to repeal Clean Power Plan and plans for Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to solicit comment on whether further regulatory action is warranted. (Link to comment docket)

                          • 6/9/2017

                            EPA submits proposed CPP changes to OMB for review. 

                          • 3/28/2017

                            Section 4 of Executive Order 13783 directs review and reconsideration of EPA Clean Power Plan.

                          more
                          Most Recent Action
                          Litigation
                          • 7/3/2019

                            EPA submits its 30-day scheduled status report stating EPA Administrator A. Wheeler has signed a final rule known as the Affordable Clean Energy Rule. (No. 15-1363)

                          • 6/4/2019

                            Case argued and submitted. (No. 18-36082).

                          • 5/6/2019

                            EPA submits its 30-day scheduled status report stating that it expects to be in a position to take final action in June 2019. (No. 15-1363

                          • 4/5/2019

                            Court orders the consolidated cases to remain in abeyance for 60 days; EPA to continue filing 30-day status reports. (No. 14-1363)

                          • 3/24/2019

                            Oral argument scheduled for June 4, 2019. (No. 18-36082).

                          • 3/14/2019

                            Respondent-Intervenors file their opposition to EPA’s request to hold case in abeyance. (No. 15-1363).

                          • 3/11/2019

                            EPA submits its 30-day scheduled status report stating that the agency expects to take final rulemaking action by second quarter of 2019 and requesting case to be held in abeyance. (No. 15-1363).

                          • 2/8/2019

                            EPA submits its 30-day scheduled status report stating that the agency expects to take final rulemaking action by second quarter of 2019.

                          • 1/24/2019

                            DC Circuit Court grants EPA request to postpone CPP status report until 14 days after resolution of the government shutdown..

                          • 12/21/2018

                            Court orders the consolidated cases to remain in abeyance for 60 days; EPA to continue filing 30-day status reports. 

                            EPA submits its 30-day scheduled status report stating that the agency expects to take final rulemaking action by Spring of 2019.

                          • 11/21/2018

                            EPA submits its 30-day scheduled status report stating that the agency expects to take final rulemaking action by the first part of 2019.

                          • 9/4/2018

                            Enviro group intervenors file opposition to continued abeyance.

                          • 7/24/2018

                            State petitioners and municipal intervenors file joint status report in support of continued abeyance.

                          • 6/26/2018

                            Court enters order directing EPA to continue to file status reports at 30-day interval.

                          • 6/1/2018

                            EPA submits 30-day status report regarding the scope of the potential new rule and requests the court to continue to hold case in abeyance.

                          • 5/9/2018

                            State and municipal intervenors file in opposition to EPA’s request for further abeyance.

                          • 5/9/2018

                            Public health and environmental group intervenors file an opposition against EPA’s request for further abeyance.

                          • 5/2/2018

                            EPA submits status report stating it is considering scope of potential new rule and requests the court to continue to hold case in abeyance.

                          • 4/2/2018

                            EPA submits status report stating it is considering scope of potential new rule and requests the court to continue to hold case in abeyance.

                          • 3/1/2018

                            Court enters order directing EPA to continue filing status reports at 30-day intervals.

                          • 2/9/2018

                            EPA submits status report stating it is considering scope of potential new rule and requests the court to continue to hold case in abeyance.

                          • 1/17/2018

                            Public health and environmental organizations file their opposition to EPA’s request for further abeyance.

                             

                          • 1/17/2018

                            State and Municipal Respondents file their opposition to EPA’s request for further abeyance.

                          • 1/10/2018

                            EPA submits status report stating it is considering scope of potential new rule and requests the court to continue to hold case in abeyance.

                          • 12/11/2017

                            EPA submits status report stating it is considering scope of potential new rule and requests the court to continue to hold case in abeyance.

                          • 11/9/2017

                            D.C. Circuit grants 60-day abeyance; orders EPA to provide 30-day status updates.

                          • 10/17/2017

                            Intervenors file their response to EPA’s status report and request for indefinite abeyance.

                          • 10/10/2017

                            EPA submits status report, stating that the Administrator signed a proposed rule to repeal the Clean power Plan. EPA requests the court to continue to hold case in abeyance.

                          • 9/7/2017

                            EPA submits status report scheduling publication of the proposed rule for Fall 2017 inviting public comment. EPA requests the court to continue to hold the case in abeyance.

                          • 8/8/2017

                            D.C. Circuit grants another 60-day abeyance; reminds EPA that it has “affirmative statutory obligation to regulate greenhouse gases.” (Court Order)

                          • 4/28/2017

                            D.C. Circuit grants 60-day abeyance; orders EPA to provide 30 day status updates. Abeyance granted through approximately June 27.

                          more
                          Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements

                          Global Energy Institute statement on proposed repeal of Clean Power Plan (10/10/17)

                          Energy Institute information on Clean Power Plan and EPA carbon regulations.

                          Litigation details at U.S. Chamber Litigation Center.

                          Case: West Virginia v. EPA, No. 15-1363 (D.C. Cir.)

                          Topic
                          Air Regulations
                          Issue/Reg
                          MATS "Supplemental Findings"
                          Order/Action
                          • 2/7/2019

                            EPA MATS supplemental cost finding proposal formally published in the Federal Register.

                          • 12/28/2018

                            12/28/18: EPA announces proposal to revise MATS supplemental cost finding.

                            (Comment docket)

                          • 10/19/2018

                            EPA sends proposed changes modifying 2012 MATS regulation to OMB for review.

                          • 7/29/2018

                            EPA informally announces that it plans to reconsider the 2012 MATS regulation.

                          • 5/9/2018

                            OMB-OIRA semiannual unified regulatory agenda projects proposed rulemaking addressing MATS regulation will be released in August 2018.

                          • 4/25/2016

                            EPA issues Supplemental Finding responding to U.S. Supreme Court decision in Michigan v. EPA, 135 S. Ct. 2699 (2015), discussing the appropriateness of associated costs including MATS, in regulating coal and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (EGUs). 

                          more
                          Most Recent Action
                          Litigation
                          • 6/24/2019

                            Court grants Utility Air Regulatory Group’s motion for voluntary dismissal of its petition for review. 

                          • 1/14/2019

                            EPA submits its status report stating that it continues to review the final rule to determine whether the rule should be “maintained, modified or otherwise reconsidered.” EPA will submit its next status report in 90 days.

                          • 10/16/2018

                            EPA submits its status report stating that it continues to review the final rule to determine whether the rule should be “maintained, modified or otherwise reconsidered.” EPA will submit its next status report in 90 days.

                          • 7/18/2018

                            EPA submits its status report stating that it continues to review the final rule to determine whether the rule should be “maintained, modified or otherwise reconsidered.”

                          • 4/19/2018

                            EPA submits its status report stating that it continues to review the final rule to determine whether the rule should be “maintained, modified or otherwise reconsidered.”

                          • 1/19/2018

                            EPA submits its status report stating that it continues to review the final rule to determine whether the rule should be “maintained, modified or otherwise reconsidered.”

                          • 10/24/2017

                            EPA submits its status report stating that it continues to review the Supplemental Finding to determine whether the rule should be “maintained, modified or otherwise reconsidered.”

                          • 7/26/2017

                            EPA submits its status report stating that EPA is continuing to review its finding to determine whether the rule should be “maintained, modified or otherwise reconsidered.”

                          • 4/27/2017

                            D.C. Circuit order in response to DOJ/EPA request postpones May 18 oral arguments; grants 90-day abeyance.

                          • 4/25/2017

                            Industry files petition for review of final agency action regarding findings for coal- and oil-fired energy generating units. 

                          more
                          Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements

                          04/17/19: U.S. Chamber comments on MATS proposal

                          03/26/19: Coalition comments on MATS proposal

                          03/18/19: U.S. Chamber comments at EPA public hearing on MATS proposal

                          Case: Murray Energy v. EPA, No. 16-1127 (D.C. Cir.)

                          Topic
                          Air Regulations
                          Issue/Reg
                          Methane ICR (Existing Sources)
                          Order/Action
                          • 3/2/2017

                            EPA withdraws 2016 information collection request (ICR) pertaining to methane emissions from existing oil and gas operations.

                          Most Recent Action
                          Litigation
                            Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements

                            Letter from governors and attorneys general to EPA requesting withdrawal of ICR.

                            Topic
                            Air Regulations
                            Issue/Reg
                            Methane NSPS
                            Order/Action
                            • 6/10/2019

                              EPA sends proposal modifying methane new source performance standards to OMB for review.

                            • 5/23/2019

                              OMB-OIRA regulatory agenda projects EPA finalization of methane new source performance standards rule in September 2019.

                            • 10/19/2018

                              OMB-OIRA fall regulatory agenda projects finalization of methane new source performance standards rule in April 2019

                            • 10/15/2018

                              EPA formally proposes changes to methane new source performance standards (OOOOa, or "Quad O" rules) that “streamline implementation, reduce duplicative EPA and state requirements, and significantly decrease unnecessary burdens on domestic energy producers.” (Comment docket)

                            • 5/9/2018

                              Office of Management and Budget - Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OMB-OIRA) spring unified regulatory agenda projects finalization of methane New Source Performance Standards (NSPS, 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart OOOOa) rulemaking in November 2018.

                            • 3/12/2018

                              EPA finalizes amendments to the Oil and Gas Sector rule, removing the requirement for completion of delayed repair during unscheduled and emergency vent blowdowns and providing for separate monitoring requirements for well sites on the Alaskan North Slope.

                            • 11/8/2017

                              EPA issues a notice seeking comment on the agency’s proposed stays of certain requirements in  2016 NSPS for the oil and gas industry.

                              (Agency fact sheet)

                            • 6/16/2017

                              EPA issues order proposing to stay for two years the implementation of 2016 New Source Performance Standards emission standards emission standards from oil and gas production.

                            • 6/14/2017

                              EPA announces its intention to stop development of emission guidelines for existing oil and gas sources.

                            • 6/5/2017

                              EPA issues a 90-day stay of agency rules limiting methane leaks at drilling sites.

                            more
                            Most Recent Action
                            Litigation
                            • 7/31/2018

                              EPA files answer to complaint. (No. 18-773).

                            • 5/30/2018

                              Intervenor Environmental Defense Fund files a complaint compelling EPA to issue methane emission guidelines from existing oil and gas sources. (No. 18-773)

                            • 4/5/2018

                              State and local governments file complaint against EPA to comply with  nondiscretionary duty via  Clean Air Act to set methane emission guidelines for oil and gas sources. (No. 18-773).

                            • 4/4/2018

                              State and local governments file complaint against EPA stating that the agency failed to set standards for methane emissions from existing oil and gas infrastructure. (No. 17-1145).

                            • 8/10/2017

                              Industry and State petitioners’ request for a rehearing en banc denied. (No. 17-1145).

                            • 7/31/2017

                              D.C. Circuit en banc panel vacates EPA’s 90-day pause of methane rule implementation for new oil and gas sources, putting the rule back into effect. (No. 17-1145).

                            • 7/13/2017

                              D.C. Circuit grants EPA request to delay enforcement of methane NSPS regulation for 14 days while the agency considers whether to appeal the ruling.  (No. 17-1145).

                            • 7/3/2017

                              D.C. Circuit invalidates EPA two-year administrative stay of 2016 methane NSPS regulation; orders immediate enforcement of rule.

                            • 6/5/2017

                              Environmental petitioners file for review of EPA’s final action staying its own methane NSPS regulations on oil and gas sites.  (No.17-1145).

                            more
                            Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements

                            Case: Clean Air Council v. EPA, No. 17-1145 (D.C. Cir.)

                            Case: State of New York v. Pruitt, No. 18-773 (D.D.C.)

                             

                            Topic
                            Air Regulations
                            Issue/Reg
                            NAAQS
                            Order/Action
                            • 12/6/2018

                              EPA finalizes “good neighbor” determinations for 2008 ozone NAAQS.

                            • 12/6/2018

                              EPA finalizes nonattainment area and ozone transport region implementation requirements for the 2015 ozone standard.

                              (Agency fact sheet)

                            • 7/25/2018

                              EPA issues 2015 ozone standard attainment designations for San Antonio, Texas metropolitan area.

                            • 6/26/2018

                              EPA In preparation for accelerated review schedule for 2020 ozone standard, EPA issues call for information seeking details on ozone scientific information that has been completed since the 2015 review.

                              (Comment docket)

                            • 6/19/2018

                              EPA sends draft rulemaking addressing 2008 Ozone NAAQS “good neighbor” provisions to OMB for review.

                            • 6/4/2018

                               EPA announces proposed ozone designations for remaining areas of the country under the 2015 ozone rule.

                            • 3/9/2018

                              EPA issues threshold implementation guidance setting attainment timelines for 2015 ozone rule.

                              (Agency fact sheet)

                            • 1/5/2018

                              EPA announces its intention to complete attainment designations for the 2015 ozone standard by 4/30/18.

                            • 11/16/2017

                              EPA issues attainment designations for 2,646 counties under the 2015 ozone standard; indicates remaining designations (15% of U.S. counties) will be issued at a later date.

                              (News Summary)

                            • 8/2/2017

                              EPA withdraws prior decision to extending attainment designation deadlines.

                            • 6/7/2017

                              EPA postpones 2015 ozone standard attainment designations for one year, citing insufficient information to make compliance decision.

                            more
                            Most Recent Action
                            Litigation
                            • 2/4/2019

                              Environmental petitioners challenge 12/6/18 rulemaking finalizing implementation requirements for the 2015 ozone standard.

                            • 9/27/2018

                              The court issues order mandating compliance with 2/16/18 order. (No. 15-1115)

                            • 8/1/2018

                              Environmental petitioners file response to respondents’ petition for panel hearing. (No. 15-1115).

                               

                            • 8/1/2018

                              EPA informs D.C. Circuit that it will not revise 2015 ozone standard, and instead plans to focus on establishing a 2020 standard using a new approach to NAAQS reviews that is under development.

                            • 7/3/2018

                              Court enters order lifting abeyance as of Aug. 1 and directing new motions be filed by Aug. 22 (No. 15-1385).

                            • 6/20/2018

                              Court enters order directing environmental petitioners to file a response to EPA’s petition for panel rehearing. (No. 15-1115).

                            • 6/15/2018

                              State Petitioners file a motion to lift abeyance on August 1, 2018. (No. 15-1385).

                            • 6/8/2018

                              EPA files a response to the motion to lift the abeyance filed by state and intervenor petitioners. EPA opposes immediate request to lift the abeyance, but does not oppose lifting the abeyance on August 1, 2018. (No. 15-1385).

                            • 6/7/2018

                              EPA files a petition for panel rehearing of the Court’s 2/16/18 decision based on  court’s misinterpretation of two key points of law. (No. 15-1115).

                            • 6/6/2018

                              D.C. Circuit orders EPA to file a status report by July 31, 2018 regarding the status of all final designations for the 2015 ozone NAAQS. (No. 17-1185).

                            • 6/5/2018

                              EPA submits supplemental status report regarding ozone area designations. (No. 17-1185).

                            • 5/18/2018

                              State petitioners file their joint motion to lift abeyance. (No. 15-1385).

                            • 5/15/2018

                              EPA submits periodic status report in accordance with court order (12/19/17) regarding finalizing ozone designations. (No. 17-1185).

                            • 4/19/2018

                              EPA submits its status report stating that it continues to review the final rule to determine whether the rule should be “maintained, modified or otherwise reconsidered.”

                            • 3/12/2018

                              Court enters order granting NGO plaintiffs’ and state plaintiffs’ motions for summary judgment, confirming that the Administrator violated a nondiscretionary duty under the Clean Air Act to promulgate NAAQS for Ozone by Oct 1, 2017 (No. 17-6900).

                            • 2/16/2018

                              D.C. Cir. issues an opinion ruling that 1) EPA failed to adopt adequate anti-backsliding measures when it revoked the 1997 NAAQS, 2) EPA violated the CAA by allowing so-called “orphan nonattainment areas” to evade anti-backsliding requirements, 3) the rule’s invitation of “redesignation substitute requests” evaded the statutory requirements for redesignations, and 4) EPA failed to provide a statutory justification for allowing states to choose their own baseline year for measuring pollution reductions (No. 15-1115).

                               

                            • 1/31/2018

                              State of California files its reply in support of motion for summary judgment.

                               

                            • 1/26/2018

                              Environmental groups file their reply in support of motion for summary judgment.

                            • 1/19/2018

                              EPA files its opposition to environmental group plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment. (No. 17-6900).

                            • 1/19/2018

                              EPA files its opposition  to environmental group plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment. (No. 17-1185).

                               

                            • 1/12/2018

                              EPA submits periodic status report in accordance with court order (12/19/17) regarding finalizing ozone designations. (No. 17-1185).

                            • 1/8/2018

                              EPA submits status report,  stating it is continuing to review the Rule in Murray Energy. (No. 15-1385).

                            • 12/4/2017

                              Environmental groups file lawsuit against EPA over ozone deadline. (No. 17-6900).

                            • 10/10/2017

                              EPA submits 90-day status report stating that the agency is continuing its review of the ozone standard. (No. 15-1385).

                            • 8/1/2017

                              Coalition of 15 states sues EPA to block postponement of ozone standard implementation. (No. 17-1185).

                            • 7/10/2017

                              In its 90-day status report, EPA states it is continuing to review Rule. EPA will submit its next status report within 90 days.

                            • 4/11/2017

                              D.C. Circuit grants indefinite abeyance of 2015 ozone standard lawsuit, delaying previously scheduled oral argument and ordering EPA to provide updates at 90 day intervals.

                            • 10/26/2015

                              Industry petitioners file for review of agency’s proposed Ozone NAAQS rule.

                            • 7/10/2017

                              EPA submits 90-day status report stating that the agency is continuing its review of the ozone standard. (No. 15-1385).

                            • 4/11/2017

                              D.C. Circuit grants EPA’s petition for indefinite abeyance of 2015 ozone standard lawsuit, delaying previously scheduled oral argument. Additionally, the court orders EPA to provide updates at 90-day intervals. (No. 15-1385).

                            • 10/26/2015

                              Industry petitioners file for review of agency’s proposed Ozone NAAQS rule. (No. 15-1385).

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                            Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements
                            Topic
                            Air Regulations
                            Issue/Reg
                            Power Plant CO2 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)
                            Order/Action
                            • 5/23/2019

                              OMB-OIRA projects finalization of EPA GHG new source performance standards for power plants in September 2019.

                            • 1/31/2019

                              EPA extends comment period on proposed GHG NSPS reforms until 3/18/19.

                            • 12/6/2018

                              EPA proposes revisions to 111(b) GHG NSPS power plant regulations.

                              (Agency fact sheet)

                              (Comment docket)

                            • 9/10/2018

                              EPA sends proposed revisions to 111(b) GHG NSPS regulations for power plants to OMB for review.

                            • 5/9/2018

                              OMB-OIRA spring unified regulatory agenda projects release of formal proposal to modify 111(b) NSPS regulations regarding new fossil-powered electric plants in June 2018.

                            • 3/28/2017

                              Executive Order 13783 – Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth, directs review and reconsideration of NSPS for new power plants (CCS mandate for new coal plants).

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                            Most Recent Action
                            Litigation
                            • 1/31/2019

                              EPA submits 90-day status report stating that the agency is continuing its review of the rule.

                            • 10/23/2018

                              EPA submits 90-day status report stating that the agency is continuing its review of the rule.

                            • 7/24/2018

                              Environmental petitioners file response to respondents’ petition for panel hearing. (No. 15-1115).

                            • 4/27/2018

                              EPA submits 90-day status report stating that the agency is continuing its review of the rule.

                            • 1/25/2018

                              EPA submits 90-day status report stating that the agency is continuing its review of the rule

                            • 10/27/2017

                              EPA submits 90-day status report stating that the agency is continuing its review of the rule.

                            • 10/27/2017

                              EPA submits 30-day status report stating that the agency is continuing its review of the rule.

                            • 8/10/2017

                              Court orders cases remain held in abeyance; Respondent to file status reports at 90-day intervals starting Oct. 27.

                            • 7/31/2017

                              EPA submits 30-day status report stating that the agency is continuing its review of the rule.

                            • 6/29/2017

                              EPA submits 30-day status report stating that the agency is continuing its review of the rule.

                            • 4/28/2017

                              DC Circuit grants 60-day abeyance of lawsuit against NSPS regulation while EPA reviews the rule; orders EPA to provide 30 day status updates. Case has been briefed but oral argument not set.

                            • 10/23/2015

                              State petitioner files for review of agency final rule on Greenhouse Gas emissions.

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                            Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements

                            03/19/19: U.S. Chamber comments on proposed NSPS reforms.

                            Litigation details at U.S. Chamber Litigation Center

                            Case: North Dakota v. EPA, No. 15-1381, (D.C. Cir.)

                            Topic
                            Air Regulations
                            Issue/Reg
                            Regional Haze
                            Order/Action
                            • 9/29/2017

                              EPA finalizes withdrawal of regional haze FIP for Texas.

                            Most Recent Action
                            Litigation
                            • 4/15/2019

                              EPA files its status report stating that it is currently reviewing public comments received in response to its publication of proposed BART rulemaking.

                            • 2/12/2019

                              EPA files its status report stating that it is currently reviewing public comments received in response to its publication of proposed BART rulemaking.

                            • 11/8/2018

                              EPA files its status report stating that it is currently reviewing public comments received in response to its publication of proposed BART rulemaking.

                            • 7/2/2018

                              EPA files its status report stating it intends to issue notice of proposed rule making by no later than Aug. 17, 2018.

                            • 8/31/2017

                              U.S. District Court for D.C. rejects EPA request to delay deadline for development of Texas’ regional haze plan in response to 2012 consent decree.

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                            Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements
                            Topic
                            Air Regulations
                            Issue/Reg
                            Regional Haze
                            Order/Action
                            • 11/30/2018

                              EPA announces its proposed approval of key portions of Arkansas’ Regional Haze plan and withdrawal of corresponding federal haze plan provisions. 

                            • 2/12/2018

                              EPA announces final withdrawal of federal implementation plan, and approval of revised regional haze state implementation plan for Arkansas.

                            • 9/11/2017

                              EPA announces withdrawal of NOX portion of Arkansas regional haze FIP and approval of revised state implementation plan.

                            • 7/13/2017

                              EPA extends compliance deadline for September 2016 Arkansas Regional Haze Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) from April 2018 to January 2020.

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                            Most Recent Action
                            Litigation
                            • 5/1/2019

                              Court enters order holding case in abeyance. Parties ordered to file status reports by Aug. 1, 2019

                            • 1/10/2019

                              Court enters order holding case in abeyance. Parties ordered to file status reports by Apr. 10, 2019.

                            • 9/13/2018

                              Court enters order holding case in abeyance. Parties ordered to file status reports by Dec. 13, 2018.

                            • 7/13/2018

                              Court denies environmental petitioners’ motion to lift abeyance.

                            • 6/6/2018

                              Court enters order holding case in abeyance for 90 days. Parties must provide a status report at the end of the 90-day period.

                            • 4/4/2018

                              EPA and Arkansas file Joint Status Report regarding FIP for Arkansas regional haze program. EPA and Arkansas propose to replace NOx and SO2 emission limits to selected facilities.

                            • 3/7/2018

                              Eighth Circuit grants Entergy motion to stay to EPA final rule.

                            • 2/21/2018

                              Entergy requests that in light of EPA’s recent actions, no decision needs to be reached regarding NOx element in their motion to stay.  

                            • 2/12/2018

                              EPA notifies Eighth Circuit on its actions in withdrawing portions of FIP regarding NOx requirements.

                            • 2/12/2018

                              National Parks and Sierra Club advise Eighth Circuit of recent EPA actions (withdrawing portions of FIP regarding NOx) affecting Entergy stay motion from NOx requirements.

                            • 2/1/2018

                              Entergy files its reply in support of its motion to stay.

                            • 1/25/2018

                              Environmental groups file their response to Entergy’s motion to stay.

                            • 1/22/2018

                              EPA files its response to Entergy’s motion to stay.

                            • 1/11/2018

                              Entergy files motion to stay EPA’s final rule.

                            • 1/11/2018

                              Environmental groups file their amended response to State of Arkansas’s stay motion.

                            • 1/10/2018

                              EPA files its response to State of Arkansas’s motion for stay of final rule.

                            • 1/4/2018

                              Court grants EPA’s motion to hold petitions in abeyance for 90 days against opposition by Entergy and Environmental Groups.

                            • 1/2/2018

                              Environmental groups file their response to Entergy’s opposition.

                            • 12/29/2017

                              EPA files reply in support of motion to hold litigation in abeyance.

                            • 12/26/2017

                              Environmental groups file their opposition to State of Arkansas’s stay motion.

                               

                            • 12/22/2017

                              Entergy files opposition to EPA’s motion to hold litigation in abeyance.

                            • 12/20/2017

                              Environmental groups file motion to hold the rule in abeyance or alternatively motion for a stay of rule order to extend the response deadline.

                            • 11/1/2017

                              Eighth Circuit grants additional abeyance of case through 12/15/17

                            • 7/31/2017

                              Eighth Circuit grants a 2-month abeyance regarding Arkansas Regional Haze Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) in response to Arkansas/EPA request. Abeyance granted through 9/26/17. 

                            • 11/23/2016

                              Private petitioner files for review of Agency final rule regarding Regional Haze.

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                            Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements

                            Multi-association letter to EPA on proposed Arkansas Regional Haze FIP.

                            Case: AK Affordable Energy Coalition v. EPA, No. 16-4270 (8th Cir.)

                            More info on U.S. Chamber regional haze litigation activity

                            Topic
                            Air Regulations
                            Issue/Reg
                            Social Cost of Carbon
                            Order/Action
                            • 3/28/2017

                              Section 5 of Executive Order 13783 disbands the Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Carbon and rescinds use of its guidance and support documents.

                            Most Recent Action
                            Litigation
                              Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements
                              Topic
                              Air Regulations
                              Issue/Reg
                              Startup, Shutdown, Malfunction (SSM)
                              Order/Action
                                Most Recent Action
                                Litigation
                                • 7/1/2019

                                  Petitioner Utility Air Regulatory Group files motion for voluntary dismissal of its petition for review. 

                                • 2/8/2019

                                  EPA files its sixth 90-day status report stating that the rule is still under review.

                                • 10/16/2018

                                  EPA files its sixth 90-day status report stating that the rule is still under review. 

                                • 7/18/2018

                                  EPA files its fifth 90-day status report.

                                • 4/19/2018

                                  EPA files its fourth 90-day status report.

                                • 1/19/2018

                                  EPA files its third 90-day status report.

                                • 10/23/2017

                                  EPA files its second 90-day status report.

                                • 7/24/2017

                                  EPA files first abeyance reporting indicating that it continues to review the SSM rule.

                                • 4/24/2017

                                  D.C. Circuit grants DOJ/EPA request to delay scheduled oral arguments regarding challenges to 2015 EPA SSM rule, giving the agency  time to reconsider the rule. The Court’s order places the SSM legal challenge in abeyance for 90 days, and requires EPA to submit a 90-day status report.

                                • 6/12/2015

                                  Environmental and industry groups file for review of Agency final rule regarding State Implementation Plans’ SSM policies. 

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                                Case: Envtl. Comm. FL Elec. Power Coordinating Grp. v. EPA, No. 15-1239 (D.C. Cir.)

                                Topic
                                Air Regulations
                                Issue/Reg
                                Venting and Flaring
                                Order/Action
                                • 9/28/2018

                                  BLM finalizes revisions to methane venting and flaring rule.

                                • 2/22/2018

                                  BLM publishes proposed revisions to the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule

                                  (Agency press release)

                                  (Comment docket)

                                • 2/12/2018

                                  BLM announces proposal to revise Methane Waste Prevention Rule.

                                  (Agency press release)

                                   

                                • 12/8/2017

                                  BLM finalizes proposal to delay implementation of venting and flaring rule until January 2019.

                                • 10/5/2017

                                  BLM formally proposes to temporarily suspend implementation of 2016 venting and flaring rule until January 2019. 

                                • 6/15/2017

                                  BLM announces it will suspend implementation of certain provisions of November 2016 Methane Waste Prevention Rule (aka Venting and Flaring) that have yet to go into effect.

                                • 3/28/2017

                                  Section 7 of Executive Order 13783 directs review and reconsideration of Department of Interior methane regulations for oil and gas production on federal lands (aka venting and flaring).

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                                Most Recent Action
                                Litigation
                                • 4/9/2019

                                  Tenth Circuit grants motion to dismiss challenge to 2016 venting and flaring regulation on mootness grounds stemming from BLM’s finalization of revisions.

                                • 10/30/2018

                                  Eighteen environmental petitioners file suit in the U.S. District Court for Northern District of California challenging BLM revisions to venting and flaring regulations.

                                • 3/15/2018

                                  Ninth Circuit enters order granting BLM’s  motion to dismiss. (No. 17-17456)

                                • 3/14/2018

                                  BLM files voluntary motion to dismiss appeal. (No. 17-17456)

                                • 12/8/2017

                                  Case docketed before the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.  (No. 17-17456)

                                • 12/4/2017

                                  BLM files Notice of Appeal to 9th Circuit. (No. 17-17456)

                                • 10/4/2017

                                  U.S. District Court for Northern California invalidates Department of Interior’s administrative stay of BLM methane waste prevention rule. (No. 17-17456)

                                • 7/5/2017

                                  State petitioners file suit against BLM for postponing the compliance date of Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties and Resource Conservation rule. (No. 17-17456)

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                                Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements

                                Chamber key vote letter supporting congressional repeal of venting and flaring rule (5/9/17).

                                Coalition letter supporting congressional repeal of venting and flaring rule (2/2/17).

                                Case: California v. BLM, no. 17-cv-03804-EDL (N.D. Ca.)(Case Closed).

                                Case: California v. BLM, no. 17-17456 (9th Cir.).(Case Closed).

                                Topic
                                Electricity
                                Issue/Reg
                                Grid Management
                                Order/Action
                                • 1/8/2018

                                  FERC rejects DOE grid resiliency proposal and initiates new proceeding to study the issue further. FERC

                                  (Agency release)

                                • 10/10/2017

                                  Department of Energy proposes Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule under Federal Power Act calling on FERC to order changes to pricing of resiliency and reliability attributes.

                                • 10/4/2017

                                  FERC releases scoping questions for comment period on DOE Grid Reliability and Resiliency Pricing proposal.

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                                Most Recent Action
                                Litigation
                                  Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements
                                  Topic
                                  Endangered Species Act
                                  Issue/Reg
                                  Sage Grouse
                                  Order/Action
                                  • 3/20/2019

                                    BLM announces final record of decision and approved resource management plan amendments for sage grouse conservation in Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, and NE California.

                                  • 1/9/2019

                                    BLM extends deadline to file requests for revisions to proposed sage grouse conservation plans.

                                  • 12/10/2018

                                    BLM announces final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and proposed plan amendments addressing Greater Sage-Grouse conservation on public land in Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Nevada/Northeastern California, and Wyoming.

                                     

                                  • 10/5/2018

                                    USDA Forest Service publishes draft management plans for its Intermountain and Rocky Mountain regions. (Comment docket)

                                  • 5/4/2018

                                    BLM publishes draft environmental impact analyses of proposed changes to sage grouse resource management plans in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and part of California.

                                  • 1/3/2018

                                    BLM issues Sage Grouse Scoping Report.

                                  • 12/27/2017

                                    BLM instruction memorandum 2018-26 details guidance for implementing oil and gas leasing and development objectives as part of the greater sage-grouse resource management plan revisions.

                                  • 8/7/2017

                                    Sage Grouse Review Team delivers report to Secretary Zinke in response to Secretarial Order 3353.

                                  • 6/7/2017

                                    Secretary Zinke signs Secretarial Order 3353 establishing a Sage Grouse Review Team to study federal and state sage grouse protection plans and related economic implications.

                                  • 10/11/2017

                                    BLM announces plans to review land use provisions in the federal sage grouse conservation plan, and opens public comment period on scoping the review. In separate notice, BLM withdraws proposal relating to restrictions on 10 million acres of National Forest system lands in Sagebrush Focal Areas (SFAs).

                                    (News Summary)

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                                  Most Recent Action
                                  Litigation
                                  • 3/27/2019

                                    Environmental groups file suit in Idaho District Court challenging BLM sage grouse management plans. (News summary)

                                  • 2/14/2019

                                    Coalition of environmental groups file notice of intent to sue Interior Department and Fish and Wildlife Service regarding decisions pertaining to sage grouse protections under the Endangered Species Act.

                                  Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements
                                  Topic
                                  Energy Financial / Royalties
                                  Issue/Reg
                                  Extractive Industries Payment Disclosure
                                  Order/Action
                                  • 2/14/2017

                                    Public Law 115-4 using Congressional Review Act authority to repeal Securities and Exchange Commission regulations mandating public disclosure of reports of energy company finances and operations. 

                                  Most Recent Action
                                  Litigation
                                    Topic
                                    Energy Financial / Royalties
                                    Issue/Reg
                                    Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs)
                                    Order/Action
                                    • 7/17/2017

                                      Department of Treasury modifies Obama Administration guidance prohibiting U.S. support for financing construction of coal plants internationally through MDBs, committing to “help countries access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently.”

                                    Most Recent Action
                                    Litigation
                                      Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements
                                      Topic
                                      Energy Financial / Royalties
                                      Issue/Reg
                                      Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) Royalty Valuation Rule
                                      Order/Action
                                      • 8/7/2017

                                        Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue finalizes repeal of 2017 Valuation Rule.

                                         

                                        (Comment docket)

                                      • 4/4/2017

                                        Department of Interior’s ONRR formally proposes to repeal 2017 Valuation Rule pertaining to oil, gas, and coal royalties.

                                      • 2/22/2017

                                        Department of Interior’s ONRR announces stay of 2017 Valuation Rule pertaining to oil, gas, and coal royalties.

                                        (News Summary)

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                                      Most Recent Action
                                      Litigation
                                      • 10/25/2017

                                        Court denies Plaintiffs’ motion to relate the two rule delay challenges.

                                      • 10/23/2017

                                        Defendants file opposition to Plaintiffs’ motion.

                                      • 10/18/2017

                                        Plaintiffs file to relate the challenge to Delayed Royalty Rule to Plaintiffs’ challenge to the delay of  Department’s Coal Valuation Reform rule

                                      • 8/30/2017

                                        U.S. District Court for Northern California invalidates ONRR stay of Royalty Rule.

                                      • 2/22/2017

                                        State petitioners file for injunctive relief to stop the Department of Interior implementation of the Royalty Rule. 

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                                      Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements

                                      Plaintiffs file move to relate the challenge to the Delayed Royalty Rule to Plaintiffs’ challenge to the delay of the Department’s Coal Valuation Reform rule. U.S. Chamber letter to House Natural Resources Committee supporting revisions to ONRR Valuation Rule (item VIII).

                                      Case: Becerra v. Dep’t of Interior, No. 17-cv-02376-EDL (N.D. Cal.)

                                      Topic
                                      Energy Infrastructure
                                      Issue/Reg
                                      Energy Infrastructure
                                      Order/Action
                                      • 7/19/2017

                                        Executive Order 13805 establishes Infrastructure Advisory Council within Department of Commerce to report on “funding, support, and delivery of infrastructure projects in several sectors including renewable energy, electricity transmission, and pipelines.”

                                      Most Recent Action
                                      Litigation
                                        Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements
                                        Topic
                                        General / Energy Development
                                        Issue/Reg
                                        Energy Independence
                                        Order/Action
                                        Most Recent Action
                                        Litigation
                                          Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements

                                          Draft final agency recommendations due to OMB in 120 days (July 26th, 2017).

                                          Final report due in 180 days (September 24th, 201)

                                          Topic
                                          General / Energy Development
                                          Issue/Reg
                                          Energy Independence
                                          Order/Action
                                          • 3/29/2017

                                            Secretary Zinke signs Secretarial Order 3349, directing Department of Interior reviews of numerous regulations and policies impacting energy development.

                                          Most Recent Action
                                          Litigation
                                            Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements
                                            Topic
                                            General / Energy Development
                                            Issue/Reg
                                            Energy Independence
                                            Order/Action
                                            • 3/28/2017

                                              Comprehensive Executive Order 13783 promoting energy security and independence. (individual provisions tracked separately)

                                            Most Recent Action
                                            Litigation
                                              Notes/Info/Chamber/Statements

                                              Chamber President Tom Donohue Praises President Trump’s commitment to making regulatory relief and energy security a top priority