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D.C. Circuit Halts RFS Waivers Suit, Shifting Focus To 10th Circuit Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has granted a request from EPA and biofuels groups to halt litigation filed by renewable fuel producers over three Trump-era renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers issued to refineries, shifting focus to a related 10th Circuit legal battle over RFS exemptions.

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Virginia poised to adopt California vehicle GHG, ZEV programs

The state Senate has cleared the path for Virginia to become the first state in the South, and the 15th state nationally, to embrace California’s low-emission vehicle rules.

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Divided Refiners, Biofuels Groups Spar Over RFS ‘Severe Hardship’ Waivers

Refiners are clashing with each other and biofuels groups over requests from states and some small refiners for “severe economic harm” waivers from renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending obligations, in a dispute similar a fight over hardship waivers for small refiners that biofuels advocates fiercely oppose.

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Refiners, Biofuels Groups Oppose EPA Bid To Pause Suit Over 2020 RFS

Oil sector and biofuels industry groups are opposing EPA’s bid to pause litigation over the 2020 renewable fuel standard (RFS), saying the Supreme Court’s eventual ruling over related questions on small refiners’ waivers from RFS compliance will not moot broader arguments and does not justify abeyance in the litigation as the agency claims.

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EPA settles with two Delaware companies on aftermarket devices

The Clean Air Act prohibits the manufacture, sale or installation of such devices intended to bypass, defeat or render inoperative a vehicle engine’s air pollution control equipment.

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Chicago seeks information from EPA on air permit civil rights probe

The agency’s Civil Rights Act investigation into an Illinois-issued industrial air permit is seen as an early test of the Biden EPA’s new priority to promote environmental justice.

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CEQ Withdraws Trump NEPA GHG Guide, Revives Broader Obama Policy

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is revoking draft Trump-era guidance for how federal agencies should incorporate greenhouse gas impacts in their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, reviving a broader Obama administration NEPA GHG policy while also planning a review of that document.

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Biden Faces Call For Broad SCC Reform To Bolster Value Of GHG Policies

Days before a Biden administration working group releases an “interim” value for the social cost of carbon (SCC) used to estimate the benefits of greenhouse gas reduction measures, a top legal scholar is urging a broad reform of the SCC and the associated “discount rate” of future impacts in order to bolster the value of new EPA GHG rules.

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EPA extends comment deadline for Pennsylvania ozone petition

The deadline extension will allow Ozone Transport Commission states and others more time to weigh in on a petition seeking stricter ozone emissions controls on utilities in Pennsylvania.

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OIG investigating pandemic’s impact on EPA auto, fuels testing

The agency’s Office of Inspector General says it is launching an investigation that will help it to ensure automakers’ compliance with vehicle emissions limits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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