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EPA Rule Easing Fuel Ethanol Limits Projects Little Increase In E15 Use

EPA’s final rule authorizing summertime sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) to help meet renewable fuel standard goals projects very little increase in use of the fuel -- despite the insistence of EPA air chief Bill Wehrum that it will increase E15 sales significantly and mark a big “win” for ethanol producers.

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Flurry of OMB Meetings On ACE Suggests EPA Nearing Final Regulation

The White House regulatory officials are hosting a series of meetings for outside groups to make one last pitch for changes they would like to see in EPA’s forthcoming final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to limit coal power plants’ greenhouse gases, suggesting the final rule could be signed by the end of June as EPA has planned.

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Klobuchar opposes EPA’s RFS small refiner waivers

The Minnesota senator and Democratic presidential candidate wants to curb EPA’s issuance of renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers to small refiners.

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EDF Deal May Hamper Any Challenge To Novel EPA Air Trading Plan

EPA is proposing a potentially precedent-setting voluntary emissions trading system for an area in Utah to ease oil and gas extraction permitting, though environmentalists, who say the plan is likely inadequate to curb ozone, may be reluctant to challenge it because of a novel deal they have reached with a local tribe not to challenge a related permit “streamlining” plan.

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Refiner Echoes EPA, D.C. Circuit Arguments With Defense Of RFS Waivers

Merchant refiner HollyFrontier is defending EPA’s policy on issuance of waivers from renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance from an appellate court suit filed by biofuel producers, echoing agency arguments that proved successful in defending the waivers in a related lawsuit recently decided by the same court.

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Industry, California Appear Far Apart On ‘Voluntary’ Truck NOx Plan

The trucking sector and California regulators appear to be far from reaching agreement on the industry’s proposed “voluntary” program to achieve national nitrogen oxides (NOx) emission cuts sooner than what is expected under an EPA rule, with state officials concerned that the industry plan is too weak.

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Emails show EPA staff opposed Wisconsin ozone designations change

‘This is hard to digest and support,’ one agency staffer wrote about a Trump administration order to revise and reduce the number of areas in Wisconsin designating as violating EPA’s ozone standards.

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As Biden Readies Plan, Democrats Jockey On Climate In 2020 Race

As environmentalists and rival campaigns await a detailed climate change policy rollout from former Vice President Joe Biden, the early front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, less popular candidates are continuing to jockey on the issue as a way to shore up support among primary voters.

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Environmentalists attack EPA’s defense of MATS startup terms

Environmentalists are challenging provisions in EPA’s mercury and air toxics standards related to boiler startup, saying they allow for excess air pollution from power plants.

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Imminent E15 Waiver May Drop Some EPA RFS Credit Overhaul Changes

EPA is poised for imminent release of its final action allowing summertime sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) ahead of a June 1 self-imposed deadline to authorize the fuel, but the agency might drop parts of a planned companion policy that would overhaul the market for renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance credits, sources say.

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