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EPA's just-released final multi-year renewable fuel standard (RFS) gives a slight boost to the total renewable fuel production volume targets compared to the proposed version of the rule, a decision that is prompting concern from RFS critics but is drawing praise from ethanol proponents even though they say the targets should be much higher.

Oil and gas transmission companies are largely supporting EPA's proposed voluntary program for reducing methane emissions from the sector, but are seeking assurances from the agency that the methane cuts companies achieve under the program will never be used as the basis for Clean Air Act permit limits or other regulatory mandates.

Water utilities are shifting their focus from surveying municipal programs that address concerns about low-income households' ability to pay for water and wastewater services to studying the legal barriers to creating such programs, and will collaborate with EPA's recently announced efforts to survey existing programs to help inform potential federal efforts to create a new subsidy program.

Environmentalists and EPA are sparring over whether the agency's Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule undercuts its defense of the 2008 policy exempting most water transfers from CWA permitting, as appellate judges prepare to weigh Dec. 1 oral argument in the advocates' facial challenge against the transfer rule.

BALTIMORE -- Members of the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC), which includes 12 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, are pressing EPA to update its nitrogen oxides (NOx) rule for heavy-duty vehicles after the agency opted against tightening NOx limits in its proposed update to greenhouse gas (GHG) limits for the vehicles.

EPA's environmental economics center has released its final report on a "willingness-to-pay" (WTP) survey that says residents value improved water quality in the Chesapeake Bay at up to more than $6 billion per year, which regulators hope will boost their implementation of the agency's multi-state nutrient and sediment cleanup plan for the Bay.