The USEPA announced that it is again delaying the issuance of its proposed rules regulating air emissions from hydraulically fractured wells. The proposed NSPS and NESHAP rules were scheduled for issuance on April 3 according to the Consent Decree issued in WildEarth Guardians, et al. v. Jackson. However, in response to more than 156,000 comments on the proposed rules, USEPA sought more time to address the public and industry comments. USEPA entered into a stipulation with the Plaintiff environmental organizations that granted it until April 17 to issue the rules, and the Court granted the extension by modifying the Consent Decree. The modified Consent Decree can be found here.
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