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Refiner Sues EPA For Rejecting Waiver Of 2018 RFS Biofuel Blending Goal

Canadian refiner Suncor is suing EPA for rejecting its application seeking a small refiner waiver that would exempt two of its Colorado-based plants from having to meet the 2018 renewable fuel standard’s (RFS) biofuel blending goal, contesting the agency’s finding that these adjacent facilities are in fact one unit ineligible for an exemption.

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With Wheeler Overhaul Pending, SAB Schedules Meeting To Review Rules

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is planning a multi-day meeting next month to review the science underlying a suite of pending Trump administration deregulatory measures even as Administrator Andrew Wheeler is floating plans that would limit the board’s role in reviewing pending regulations.

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Petitioners Seek To Stay D.C. Circuit Suit Over EPA Vehicle GHG Waiver

States and environmental groups challenging EPA and the Transportation Department’s (DOT) rule preempting California’s auto greenhouse gas rules are urging an appellate court to pause their case against EPA’s portion of the rule, saying it should wait until a federal district court rules on a separate suit over DOT’s part of the rule.

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D.C. Circuit Restarts Trailer GHG Case, Rejects Bid For Quick Argument

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is restarting truck manufacturers’ suit over EPA and Transportation Department rules limiting greenhouse gases from tractor trailers, though the court is rejecting the trailer makers’ call to quickly hold oral argument within the first few months of 2020.

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EPA Floats Permanent ‘Streamlining’ For Utah Oil & Gas Drilling Air Permits

EPA is floating a proposed federal air quality plan that would establish a permanent process to streamline Clean Air Act permit approvals for regulating ozone from oil and gas operations in part of Utah that is one of the most active drilling areas in the West, where wintertime ozone levels often exceed federal limits.

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Draft Transport GHG Cap & Trade Plan Faces Early State, Industry Friction

A proposed greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program for the transportation sector in Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states is already facing opposition from a coalition of major energy sector groups and resistance from one governor who withdrew the effort, signaling that developing a final policy might be tougher than supporters hoped.

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Judge Denies EPA Request To Pause Deadline For Landfill Methane Plan

Judge Haywood Gilliam of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is denying EPA’s request to pause his latest deadline for the agency to finalize a federal plan for states to limit methane emissions from landfills, spurring the agency to ask an appellate court for the same relief.

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Shipping Group Proposes Industry-Funded Body To Research GHG Cuts

The World Shipping Council (WSC), a trade group representing much of the global container shipping sector, is floating a $5 billion plan to establish an industry-funded body to research new methods of ship propulsion that would enable steep greenhouse gas cuts by 2050 needed to meet international pollution commitments.

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EPA Faces New Push To Tighten Interstate Ozone Rules As Court Speeds Suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has granted New York’s request to fast track its suit seeking to force direct federal regulation of hundreds of upwind pollution sources in multiple states, piling further pressure on EPA to revamp its interstate ozone policy following two major defeats on the issue in the same court.

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As NEPA Rule Clears OMB Review, Critics Fear Agencies’ Curbed Roles

As the Trump administration prepares to propose a rule to streamline National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, EPA and other critics are faulting its “one federal decision” policy that coordinates agencies’ reviews, arguing it elevates views of agencies that support projects and diminishes EPA and others concerned about environmental harms.

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