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CFPB Proposes Rule to Protect Homeowners Seeking Clean Energy Loans

The CFPB proposed a rule establishing consumer protections for residents securing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans, which are typically utilized by homeowners to cover clean energy home improvement costs such as solar panels or natural disaster preparedness. The financing is secured by a property lien on the borrower’s home and is paid back through…

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Refinery Operator Settles with Texas AG for $1.3 Million over Allegedly Unlawful Emissions

Texas AG Ken Paxton settled with TotalEnergies Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. to resolve allegations that the operator of a Port Arthur refinery violated the Texas Clean Air Act by repeatedly emitting unauthorized pollutants. According to the AG’s office, the refinery experienced multiple instances of unauthorized emissions and permit violations related to operator errors, equipment…

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AG Lawsuit Challenges Endangered Status of Lesser Prairie-Chickens

The AGs of Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) and their respective Secretary and Director for allegedly violating the U.S. Constitution, the Administrative Procedure Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act by listing the lesser prairie-chicken as threatened and endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

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EPA Efforts to Strengthen Air Quality Standards Meet AG Resistance

A 19-state coalition of Republican AGs wrote a letter to the EPA opposing a proposed rule that adjusts the national ambient air quality standards for particulate matter (NAAQS) by lowering the annual allowable levels for air pollution particles of certain sizes. In the letter, the AGs assert that the Clean Air Act requires any revisions…

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