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Ameren Ordered To Install Scrubbers In Long-Pending NSR Suit, Vows Appeal

A federal district judge is ordering the Missouri-based utility Ameren to install scrubbers to capture sulfur dioxide (SO2) at its Rush Island coal plant among other remedy requirements in a just-issued judgment in a long-running, high-profile EPA new source review (NSR) enforcement case.

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RFS Small Business Review Serves As Proxy For Wider Battles Over Program

EPA’s ongoing review of the impacts on small businesses of its renewable fuel standard (RFS) is serving as a proxy for wider battles over the biofuels program, with refiners and ethanol proponents using their input on the review to advance competing arguments over broader RFS issues including whether the program should continue.

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EPA extends comment period on scrapping ‘once in’ air toxics policy

The agency is extending by 30 days, from Sept. 24 to Nov. 2, the deadline for input on its plan to scrap a policy requiring ‘major’ air toxics sources to always be subject to stringent emissions controls.

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Citing ‘unstable’ environment, EtO-emitting Illinois plant to shut down

The owner of a Chicago-area facility whose ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions spurred a nationwide focus on the chemical is shutting down its facility thanks to “the unstable legislative and regulatory landscape.”

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Former EPA Chief Reilly Blasts Trump Attack On California Auto Rules

Former EPA Administrator William Reilly is lambasting the Trump administration’s attack on California’s vehicle emissions rules, directing particular fire at its move to preempt California’s zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) program that the agency first authorized during his tenure in President George H.W. Bush’s administration.

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Environmentalists Attack ‘Unlawful’ EPA Plan To Scrap ‘Once In’ Air Policy

Environmentalists, backed by some state regulators, are urging EPA to scrap its proposed rule that would codify a guidance eliminating the longstanding “once in, always in” policy subjecting air toxics sources to strict emissions controls, warning the “reckless and unlawful” plan could increase air pollution.

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New Bipartisan Carbon Tax Bill Floated In House, Adding To Prior Options

A Republican House lawmaker is leading a new bipartisan carbon tax bill that would replace the federal gas tax and direct revenue to infrastructure projects, adding to the wide menu of carbon pricing bills that have been floated this Congress as supporters try to build momentum behind the policy.

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EPA Argues Battery Storage Infeasible As BACT For California Gas Plant

EPA is detailing its justification for rejecting battery storage as best available control technology (BACT) in permitting a California natural gas-fired power plant, in response to environmentalists’ lawsuit arguing the Clean Air Act requires battery storage to prevent harmful pollution.

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Environmentalists join suits over NHTSA bar on California GHG rules

Environmentalists say the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued its preemption rule “in excess of statutory authority,” joining 23 states that previously sued over the rule in federal district court.

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Refiners file more suits over EPA’s RFS waiver denials

Refiners are challenging EPA’s denial of their applications for RFS small refiner hardship waivers in both regional and national appellate courts.

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