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Farm state governors urge EPA to reject RFS waivers

Democratic and Republican governors from 22 biofuels-producing states are urging EPA not to grant 52 “gap year” applications small refiners have submitted for renewable fuel standard exemptions.

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Groups Make Final Pitches To OMB On Oil & Gas Methane Rule Rollback

Environmentalists and oil groups are making their final pitches to EPA and White House officials regarding the agency’s draft final rollback of oil and gas methane standards, including a late-hour battle over the implications of scrapping rules for low-production wells and the legal authority for the rollback.

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EDF targets pipeline approval based on lack of ‘need’

The environmental group’s case focuses on claims that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission improperly determined there was a “need” for a St. Louis-area natural gas pipeline.

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Ewire: House climate panel poised to release policy proposals

In today’s Ewire: The committee will unveil its long-awaited policy proposals June 30, while environmentalists are already unveiling political messaging focused on investing in clean energy jobs.

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Ernst Blocks Benevento Nomination For EPA Deputy Chief Over RFS Fears

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) is blocking President Donald Trump’s nomination of Doug Benevento to be EPA deputy administrator over concerns that the agency is considering granting dozens of renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers to biofuel production mandates, making it impossible for the nomination to move forward.

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CARB Approves Landmark ZEV Truck Sales Rule With Other States’ Backing

California has approved a landmark rule requiring medium- and heavy-duty truck makers for the first time to sell a minimum number of zero-emission models starting in 2024, with support from Northeastern state officials but continued opposition from major truck manufacturers.

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D.C. Joins Several States In Pressing Climate Fraud Suits Against Oil Firms

The District of Columbia is launching a climate change fraud suit against major oil companies in D.C. Superior Court, joining a handful of states in filing similar litigation, as well as a series of climate “nuisance” suits brought mostly by local governments.

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Forest Service backs tree clearing in coal mine NEPA dispute

The long-running litigation concerns a National Environmental Policy Act review for constructing a coal mine expansion in a protected wilderness area in Colorado.

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CalEPA Chief Signals Openness To Strengthening Cap & Trade Program

CalEPA Secretary Jared Blumenfeld is signaling an openness to tightening the state’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program amid longstanding calls to do so by some state lawmakers and academics, a potentially major shift that could include cutting the number of credits freely allocated to industry and significantly increasing the price of allowances.

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Legal Experts Weigh High Court’s ‘Textual’ Focus For EPA Rollback Cases

Legal experts are debating how the Supreme Court’s sharp focus on the text of laws in recent landmark rulings might affect pending litigation over Trump administration rollbacks of environmental rules, with some observers saying the “textual” approach might assist states and others who are suing to undo the deregulatory actions.

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