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The Trump administration's imminent proposal to roll back vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards might not formally propose to scrap California's Clean Air Act waiver authority to enforce its own vehicle GHG limits, opting instead to seek comment on key aspects of the state's authority, sources say.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has upheld EPA's 2016 rule granting states Clean Air Act waivers for “exceptional events,” such as dust storms or wildfires, rejecting environmentalists' claims that the rule would allow exemptions for routine human activities.

A federal appellate court has overturned EPA's decision rejecting a refiner's request for a waiver from renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandates, bolstering refiners' arguments defending their right to such waivers against attacks by biofuel supporters who argue EPA has issued too many waivers and undermined the RFS' goals.

A proposed EPA settlement requiring a Missouri-based agricultural products company to perform third-party audits to prevent facility accidents undermines the Trump administration's roll back of equivalent Obama-era policies in the agency's Risk Management Plan (RMP) rule, environmentalists say.

White House officials reviewing EPA's draft proposal gutting the Obama-era update to the agency's facility accident prevention program sought to bolster the basis for the agency's rollback, backing industry arguments that the update was unnecessary and that rolling it back would provide added benefits by improving facility safety.

White House officials reviewing EPA's draft proposal gutting the Obama-era update to the agency's facility accident prevention program sought to bolster the basis for the agency's rollback, backing industry arguments that the update was unnecessary and that rolling it back would provide added benefits by improving facility safety.

The power sector is welcoming EPA's decision to revise its 2014 coal ash disposal standards in three separate rulemakings as a way to quickly extend what the industry said were needlessly short deadlines to close facilities that violate the rule, but environmentalists say the agency’s approach will create “chaos” and undermine enforcement efforts.