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EPA announces hearing on proposal to allow year-round E15 sales

The hearing slated for March 29 in Michigan will pit supporters and opponents of EPA’s proposals to allow year-round sale of 15 percent ethanol fuel and to reform renewable fuel standard credits against each other.

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Bush Dereg Chief Urges EPA To Shore Up Climate Rollbacks, TSCA Rules

John Graham, President George W. Bush’s deregulatory chief, is urging the Trump EPA to shore up its efforts to roll back Obama-era climate rules, saying they are legally vulnerable to litigation and should be more “responsive” to the agency’s landmark 2009 greenhouse gas risk finding.

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Labor Fissures Over ‘Green’ Deal Could Complicate Democrats’ Message

Opposition to the Green New Deal (GND) climate resolution by the AFL-CIO’s energy committee could complicate how Democrats react to the plan because labor is one of their key constituents, though GND proponents such as the Sunrise Movement and other union officials are pushing back against the massive labor union.

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EPA Approval Of Small Refiner RFS Waivers Signals Unchanged Approach

Biofuels groups are criticizing EPA’s March 14 approval of five more waivers to refiners from having to meet renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending obligations, warning the decision signals the agency will not change its approach that has already resulted in dozens of waivers that the groups fear weaken demand for ethanol.

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Judge Allows Environmentalists' Landmark Climate Permit Suit To Proceed

A federal judge is allowing environmentalists to proceed with potentially precedent-setting litigation alleging oil giant ExxonMobil violated federal water and waste law provisions because one of its terminals is not doing enough to prevent pollution releases caused by climate change impacts like rising sea levels and frequent severe storms.

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Senators pressure Chamber to back climate resolution

Two dozen Democratic senators are urging the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to support a broad resolution urging congressional action to address man-made climate change.

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EPA Said To Split Controversial NSR Changes From Looming Final ACE Rule

EPA appears to have decided to split its controversial plan to essentially exempt most coal-fired power plants from new source review (NSR) permitting requirements from its broader, pending final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to limit coal plant greenhouse gas emissions, according to several sources.

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EPA’s Revised Air Act Interpretation For E15 Waiver Creates Lawsuit Risk

EPA’s proposed waiver allowing year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) relies on a revised interpretation of Clean Air Act fuel volatility restrictions that may face a legal challenge from oil sector opponents who say it contradicts the “clear language” of the law and the agency’s repeated past interpretations of the limits.

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Suit Over EPA Vehicle 'Finding' Exacerbates Uncertainty In GHG Rule Fight

Ongoing litigation over EPA's determination that it must weaken Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas rules could complicate the agency's broader plan to roll back the limits, though even an adverse ruling for EPA would not necessarily deal a fatal blow to the agency's rollback, observers say.

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Suit Over EPA Vehicle 'Finding' Exacerbates Uncertainty In GHG Rule Rollback

Ongoing litigation over EPA's determination that it must weaken Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas rules could complicate the agency's broader plan to roll back the limits, though even an adverse ruling for EPA would not necessarily deal a fatal blow to the agency's rollback, observers say.

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