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PNM shuts down 2 units at San Juan plant; Antero agrees to radiation testing

PNM shuts down 2 units at coal-fired San Juan plant

Public Service Co. of New Mexico has completed the shutdown of two units at its coal-fired San Juan power plant near Farmington, N.M. The PNM Resources Inc. subsidiary closed for good units 2 and 3 a few days earlier than an agreed-upon Dec. 31 deadline due to some maintenance problems.

Antero agrees to radiation testing at waste disposal plant in W.Va. settlement

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection reached a settlement agreement with two citizen groups and Antero Resources Corp. over a disputed permit for a new natural gas waste disposal facility.

EPA surprises with complex queries on Clean Power Plan replacement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's request for information on replacing the Clean Power Plan, issued Dec. 18, surprised industry insiders by its attention to complex regulatory issues.

EPA seeks more information on overdue ozone designations

The EPA is seeking more information from certain states about their suggested designations for the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and will take the unusual step of opening a public comment period to collect feedback.

Environmental, tribal groups challenge rollback of BLM's methane waste rule

A coalition of environmental and tribal groups is challenging the Trump administration's efforts to roll back the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's 2016 methane waste prevention rule, arguing that the requirements are a "common-sense" way to reduce pollution from gas flaring on federal and tribal land.

EPA questions on carbon authority raise red flag for Sierra Club

The EPA's request for information on a replacement rule for the Clean Power Plan opens with an evaluation of the agency's authority to regulate greenhouse gases through the lens of the new administration. The explanation does not suggest the EPA should review its authority, but it does raise questions about how that authority was applied to carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

Court demands EPA plan for ozone designations 'with precision and specificity'

A federal appeals court has ordered EPA to explain by Jan. 12, 2018, its plan to issue the remaining ozone designations that were due in October 2017.

Group tries to block construction on Millennium's NY pipeline upgrade project

An environmental group that regularly opposes pipeline projects launched a new attempt block construction on Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC's recently approved $275 million Eastern System Upgrade natural gas transportation project in New York.

Citing meeting between Murray, Perry, enviros call on FERC to reject DOE NOPR

Citing what they claimed is new information about the influence of a top coal executive, three environmental groups asked federal regulators to reject a U.S. Department of Energy proposal to change market rules to boost the financial stability of coal and nuclear power plants.

Seasonal nitrogen oxide price indications edge higher

Emissions allowances prices under the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule were again flat to stronger, with seasonal nitrogen oxide values moving higher.