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Businesses urge governors to back Northeast vehicle climate plan

Supporters of the program are seeking to highlight industry support for the effort, to counter resistance from some free-market and conservative groups.

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EPA leaves solvent vegetable oil extraction air toxics rule unchanged

The agency’s decision to complete a risk and technology review of its solvent vegetable oil extraction air toxics rule without substantially changing the regulation reflects a long-running approach to such air rule reviews.

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D.C. Circuit Denies Biogas Producers’ Drive To Accelerate 2020 RFS Suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied a request by biogas producers to hear lawsuits over its 2019 and 2020 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rules together, which EPA opposed and said would effectively accelerate litigation over the 2020 RFS and limit the agency’s ability to defend that rule.

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Final Vehicle GHG Rule Appears Near Despite Cost-Benefit Challenges

Trump administration officials are scrambling to rollback EPA’s vehicle greenhouse gas standards despite indications the rule could have little net benefit to society -- or even result in net costs -- with sources saying the administration is still targeting March 31 or shortly thereafter for its release.

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Coronavirus Raises Questions About Potential Delays For Key CARB Rules

The coronavirus pandemic is raising questions about whether the California air board must delay steps to formally propose, advance or finalize key regulations, with agency officials to date offering only general and inconclusive comments about how the public health crisis will affect their agendas.

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CCS backers seek higher FY21 funding for EPA, DOE programs

Increased funding would go toward EPA’s permitting program for carbon dioxide storage, as well as research and development efforts at the Energy Department.

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DOJ Leaves Door Open For Congress To Allow SEPs But Backers Doubtful

The Justice Department’s (DOJ) top environment official, Jeff Clark, is leaving the door open for Congress to specifically authorize the use of popular supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) in enforcement settlements, after he banned their use earlier this month, though supporters of the projects doubt lawmakers will act soon.

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Environmentalists cite MATS ruling to boost pulp mills air rule suit

Environmentalists claim an adverse ruling for EPA on provisions in its utility air toxics rule bolsters their suit aiming to force EPA issuance of “missing” emissions limits in pulp mill air toxics standards.

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EPA Facing Calls To Extend Consent Decree, Rule Deadlines Due To Virus

EPA is facing a growing number of requests to a extend a series of rulemaking and consent decree deadlines due to the ongoing effect of the coronavirus pandemic that is halting activity across the country, highlighting the potential for delays to a host of deregulatory actions even as industry eyes waiving certain environmental requirements.

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EPA rule critic Gunasekara sworn in as agency chief of staff

Mandy Gunasekara, a long-time Republican strategist and former EPA air adviser, was sworn in as the agency’s new chief of staff this week with an eye to accelerating the agency’s deregulatory agenda.

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