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D.C. Circuit Poised To Hear Refiners’ Suit Over EPA Approval Of E15 Sales

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral argument April 13 in refiners’ challenge to the Trump EPA’s approval of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) for year-round use, an authorization that is key to ethanol producers’ hopes of maintaining sales in the face of possible long-term declines in liquid fuel demand.

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Shell Urges Congress To Pass CRA Repeal Of Trump EPA Methane Rule

The oil giant Shell is ramping up its support for EPA to impose direct methane standards for the industry, urging lawmakers to approve a pending congressional resolution that would rescind the Trump administration’s rule scuttling methane and other emissions controls on oil and gas facilities.

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States, Environmentalists Eye Emissions Cuts In Biden Infrastructure Plan

Environmentalists and state air regulators are offering early praise for opportunities to reduce conventional air pollution and greenhouse gases through President Joe Biden’s $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan, including measures to cut emissions from mobile sources, reduce pollution in equity areas, and improve air quality at ports.

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VW Asks High Court To Reverse Ruling Limiting Air Act Preemption Scope

Volkswagen Group of America is asking the Supreme Court to reverse an appellate ruling that allows counties to pursue enforcement actions against automakers for alleged emissions test cheating even after EPA and the companies settle a Clean Air Act enforcement case, saying the ruling erred by limiting the scope of the air law’s preemption powers.

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Environmental, equity groups seek EPA air rules for AFOs

EPA has for years resisted calls to regulate animal feeding operations (AFOs) under the Clean Air Act, but now faces fresh calls for such rules to achieve the Biden administration’s environmental justice goals.

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Environmentalists, States Look To EPA For Stricter Interstate Air Limits

Environmentalists and some state air regulators in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are looking to EPA to force greater interstate air pollution cuts so that all states can attain the 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), after the Trump administration declined to make the existing emissions limits more stringent.

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DOJ Asks Court To Reject Youth Plaintiffs’ Bid To Revive Novel Climate Suit

The Biden administration is asking a federal district court to reject a request by 12 youth plaintiffs to narrow the remedy they are seeking and restart their climate suit -- which alleges the government has violated their constitutional rights by promoting fossil fuel use -- arguing the court must abide by an appellate decision that the plaintiffs lack standing.

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Biofuel advocates urge Indiana governor to block E15 labeling bill

The biofuels industry is urging Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-IN) to veto a state bill to require a warning label on gas pumps dispensing 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) that EPA has approved for year-round sale and use.

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EPA analyst predicts higher ozone levels despite falling emissions

Although overall air pollution levels are falling in the United States, rising global temperatures will likely drive higher ozone levels, according to an agency policy analyst.

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Environmentalists Press EPA For Multipollutant Power Sector Agenda

Major environmental groups are urging President Joe Biden to set a “clear and aggressive schedule” for EPA to curb climate and conventional pollutants from power plants using air, water and waste laws, underscoring the pressures facing the fossil fuel-fired plants regardless of whether Congress enacts clean energy measures.

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