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EPA vows to meet Nov. 30 deadline for final 2020 RFS

An EPA air official is downplaying the potential that the Trump administration’s plans to boost biofuels targets in the final 2020 renewable fuel standard will delay release of the rule beyond Nov. 30.

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Former EPA staff urge House investigation of threats to California

Almost 600 former EPA employees are urging multiple House panels to investigate the agency’s recent enforcement threats against California as a potential abuse of power.

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California-EPA Spat Over Vehicle GHG Rules Explodes Into Major Fight

Tensions between California and the Trump administration over auto greenhouse gas rules that simmered for more than a year have exploded into an all-out legal and policy fight, with the two sides ramping up their attacks including EPA’s threats to revoke the state’s delegated water law authorities and yank federal highway funds.

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Venue, Other Fights Could Set Pace Of California Vehicle Program Battle

The speed of litigation over the Trump administration’s revocation of California’s vehicle greenhouse gas authority will depend on several factors, including disputes over the proper court venue for the case, potential government requests to expedite proceedings and the unknown effect of related auto GHG litigation, experts say.

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EPA Rejects Claim Of California ZEV Rules Offering Air Quality Benefit

The Trump administration, as part of its final revocation of California’s authority for its vehicle greenhouse gas and zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) programs, is rejecting claims from the programs’ supporters that the ZEV rules in particular improve local air quality, citing the state’s declarations appearing to downplay the rules’ benefits.

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EPA Undoing California Vehicle Power May Bolster Suit On GHG Finding

Environmentalists are citing language in EPA’s rule undoing California’s authority to set stricter vehicle greenhouse gas limits to boost their lawsuit over the Trump administration’s 2018 finding calling for weaker federal vehicle GHG rules, claiming the language aids their claim that the finding is a “final” action subject to court review.

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Midwestern governors ask Trump for more steps to boost biofuel sales

The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, representing 22 states, says President Donald Trump’s planned boost for biofuels does not go far enough and is seeking additional steps to promote the fuels.

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States, Environmentalists Intervene To Protect EPA Air Law GHG Authority

States and environmental groups challenging EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule as too weak are also seeking to intervene on EPA’s behalf to defend the agency’s underlying authority to regulate power sector GHGs, asking an appellate court to allow them to weigh in on that specific issue.

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Investors urge GM to join California auto GHG deal

A coalition of two dozen major investors, led by New York City’s comptroller, is urging the major automaker to join California’s voluntary deal on auto greenhouse gas standards.

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Environmentalists Step Up Legal Pressure For EPA Species Review Of RFS

Environmentalists are stepping up legal pressure on EPA over its failure to conduct a broad review of the potential impacts to endangered species from its renewable fuel standard (RFS), raising the claim in litigation over the 2019 RFS even as the agency grapples with a court remand demanding it address the lack of a review for the 2018 RFS.

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