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Wheeler tours swing states to tout Trump environment record

“Given the polling, it makes sense Wheeler would be heading to battlegrounds to greenwash Trump’s abysmal record,” one environmentalist says of Wheeler’s recent visits to Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

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EPA Weighs Dozens Of ‘Gap Year’ RFS Waivers But Plans Ethanol Boost

EPA is weighing 52 requests from small refiners for unprecedented “gap year” waivers of renewable fuel standard (RFS) blending mandates for prior compliance years that biofuel makers warn are unlawful, but the agency is also planning a supplemental proposal to hike years-old ethanol production mandates alongside the waivers.

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Upcoming NAS Report Could Inform Post-2025 Auto GHG Standards

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is continuing a study of fuel-saving and electrification technologies and trends that could inform the next round of light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards, despite the Trump administration’s deregulatory push that gutted Obama-era requirements.

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EPA sets July 1 hearing on cost-benefit plan

The agency also added a few days to the public comment period for the proposal, which critics fear could erect multiple hurdles for a future administration seeking to impose tough air protection mandates.

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D.C. Circuit schedules argument in ozone precursor case

Environmentalists’ case challenges an agency policy provision allowing industry to “offset” additional pollution by trading in chemicals that lead to ozone-forming emissions.

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D.C. Circuit reschedules argument in 2019 RFS suit

Oral argument over the 2019 renewable fuel standard (RFS) program will be heard in September, likely before oral argument over the 2020 RFS in similar consolidated litigation.

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Environmentalists fight to keep Texas SIP suit in D.C. Circuit

The fight between EPA and environmentalists over the correct venue for the lawsuit could be crucial to the outcome of litigation over Texas’ exemptions from Clean Air Act regulations.

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Longtime vehicle climate experts join environmental group

Daniel Becker and Jim Gerstenzang, who have long pushed to curb vehicles’ carbon emissions under the Safe Climate Campaign, will continue similar efforts at the Center for Biological Diversity.

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EPA Offers First Detailed Legal Defense Of CPP Repeal, ACE Replacement

EPA for the first time is detailing to a court its legal arguments for repealing the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) utility greenhouse gas rule and replacing it with the much narrower Affordable Clean Energy (ACE), charging that the CPP was unlawfully broad while ACE is the only way to “lawfully regulate” power plant climate emissions.

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EPA 1-BP Air Toxic Listing May Trigger Tough Solvent, Dry Cleaning Rules

EPA intends to for the first time add a new chemical, n-propyl bromide, also known as 1-bromopropane (1-BP), to the list of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) regulated under the Clean Air Act, triggering likely tougher emissions rules for the dry cleaning sector and others that make and use the substance.

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