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D.C. Circuit rejects call to rehear RFS imports policy suit

The appellate court rejected petitions to rehear the case either by the same three judges that issued the ruling, or by the entire court.

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201948

4th Circuit sets argument in EPA's air rule 'jobs' study appeal

The appellate court could potentially issue a ruling on EPA's appeal of a case over its mandate to review the employment impacts of its Clean Air Act rules before the legal deadline for completing the review.

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201947

Oil Sector Divisions Widen Over Shifting RFS 'Point Of Obligation' Mandate

Oil sector divisions are widening over whether EPA should retain or change the “point of obligation” compliance mandate under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners and importers to fuel blenders, and a split among top Trump administration officials over the future of the RFS makes it unclear which side EPA will take.

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201944

Environmentalists' NOI Adds On Pressure For EPA To Broadly Review RFS

Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent (NOI) threatening to sue EPA over its alleged failure to review the renewable fuel standard's (RFS) environmental impacts, adding to pressure for the agency to undertake new assessments of the program following an oil sector suit trying to force a review of RFS implementing regulations.

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201943

New water suit poses early test for Pruitt on climate change

The suit charges that EPA must craft a temperature-based water cleanup plan for a pair of Pacific Northwest rivers that are warming due to climate change.

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201939

California Senate Leader Unveils Bills To Retain Pre-Trump Air, Water Rules

A top California lawmaker is floating legislation that would require state air and water regulators to maintain state standards that are at least as stringent as federal law prior to President Donald Trump taking office, with the measure aimed at countering expected federal efforts to weaken federal climate and other regulations.

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201910

Business Roundtable urges overhaul of regulatory process

The coalition of CEOs seeks government-wide regulatory reform while also urging the Trump EPA to soften three contentious Obama-era air, climate, and water rules.

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201915

White House taps key climate advisers

Two Republican former officials have been tapped to serve as energy and climate advisers in the Trump White House.

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201908

Trump Officials Weigh Whether To Target California Vehicle GHG Waiver

The Trump administration is weighing whether and how hard to target California's authority to implement vehicle greenhouse gas rules, as some outside groups ramp up calls for assaulting the state's special power though it is far from clear whether automakers would welcome such an aggressive attack.

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201902

Senators Wage Bipartisan Push To Protect RFS Amid Doubts On Trump Plan

Democratic and Republican senators are waging a bipartisan push to preserve the future of EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) amid doubts over President Donald Trump's plan for the program, given his call for reducing regulatory burdens on fuel producers and new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's prior strong attacks on the RFS.

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201897

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