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Biofuels Sector Pessimistic On RFS Volumes As Waiver Decisions Loom

Biofuels industry groups are expressing pessimism that EPA will preserve biofuel blending mandates in its renewable fuel standards (RFS) program as it weighs waiver requests from the mandates from dozens of small refineries, amid signs EPA is again leaning toward granting refiners’ waiver requests.

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Biofuels Sector Seeks To Resume Suit Over EPA’s RFS Methods

Biofuels industry groups are seeking to resume proceedings in litigation over EPA’s methods for setting blending mandates for its renewable fuels standard (RFS) program, a further indication of the sector’s pessimism that officials will address their concerns over the mandate volumes lost as a result of the refinery waivers the agency is granting.

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Trump-Appointed Advisers Back EPA Bid To Ease Strict Cancer Risk Method

Trump administration appointees to EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) are bolstering agency efforts to scale back use of a conservative risk assessment method that assumes no safe level of exposure to certain carcinogens, clearing the way for a less-strict approach that could help justify eased rules for industrial chemicals and nuclear radiation.

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Oil-Backed Group Attacks Legality Of Colorado ZEV Deal With Automakers

The Freedom to Drive (FTD) Coalition, an alliance of oil and other industry groups, is challenging the major agreement inked between Colorado officials and two key automaker groups implementing California’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) sales mandate in the state, charging it is unlawful because it amends California’s program.

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IG Largely Clears EPA Staff In Dispute Over ‘Glider’ Truck Emission Tests

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is largely exonerating agency staff from claims by some House Republicans that they improperly coordinated with new truck manufacturers in conducting tests of “glider” trucks, which combine used engines with new chassis, that showed high emissions from the vehicles.

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States Urged To Elevate Equity In Regional Transportation GHG Program

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states developing the country’s first cap-and-trade program to cut transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions are being urged to ensure that their effort elevates and addresses the equity concerns of disadvantaged communities and areas on the “front-line” of pollution challenges.

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GOP’s Luntz seeks to help Democrats advance climate policy

The Republican pollster -- who previously urged politicians to shift public opinion away from pro-climate policies -- urged Democrats to “jettison much of the most extreme language in favor of a get-it-done approach.”

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API Pushes Voluntary Methane Program As Alternative To EPA, State Rules

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is touting its voluntary program for reducing methane leaks from gas production as an alternative to regulations being sought by Colorado and other states, as well as a guide for the Trump EPA to follow as it reconsiders Obama-era rules designed to curb drilling-related air emissions.

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Senate Panel Backs Sweeping Highway Bill, Despite EV, Permit Concerns

The Senate environment committee has unanimously approved a sweeping renewal of the federal highway program despite complaints from environmentalists about its provisions streamlining project permitting and some free-market groups concerned about funding for electric vehicle (EV) chargers.

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More opposition emerges to NRECA subbing for UARG in court

Environmentalists are opposing the electric cooperative association’s effort to substitute itself for the now-disbanded Utility Air Resources Group in a suit addressing upwind air pollution.

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