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Businesses urge governors to back Northeast vehicle climate plan

Supporters of the program are seeking to highlight industry support for the effort, to counter resistance from some free-market and conservative groups.

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D.C. Circuit Denies Biogas Producers’ Drive To Accelerate 2020 RFS Suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied a request by biogas producers to hear lawsuits over its 2019 and 2020 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rules together, which EPA opposed and said would effectively accelerate litigation over the 2020 RFS and limit the agency’s ability to defend that rule.

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Final Vehicle GHG Rule Appears Near Despite Cost-Benefit Challenges

Trump administration officials are scrambling to rollback EPA’s vehicle greenhouse gas standards despite indications the rule could have little net benefit to society -- or even result in net costs -- with sources saying the administration is still targeting March 31 or shortly thereafter for its release.

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Coronavirus Raises Questions About Potential Delays For Key CARB Rules

The coronavirus pandemic is raising questions about whether the California air board must delay steps to formally propose, advance or finalize key regulations, with agency officials to date offering only general and inconclusive comments about how the public health crisis will affect their agendas.

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CCS backers seek higher FY21 funding for EPA, DOE programs

Increased funding would go toward EPA’s permitting program for carbon dioxide storage, as well as research and development efforts at the Energy Department.

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DOJ Leaves Door Open For Congress To Allow SEPs But Backers Doubtful

The Justice Department’s (DOJ) top environment official, Jeff Clark, is leaving the door open for Congress to specifically authorize the use of popular supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) in enforcement settlements, after he banned their use earlier this month, though supporters of the projects doubt lawmakers will act soon.

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EPA rule critic Gunasekara sworn in as agency chief of staff

Mandy Gunasekara, a long-time Republican strategist and former EPA air adviser, was sworn in as the agency’s new chief of staff this week with an eye to accelerating the agency’s deregulatory agenda.

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Coronavirus Adds New Wild Card To Crowded EPA Deregulatory Plans

The coronavirus pandemic is prompting fresh questions about EPA’s ability to advance the Trump administration’s sweeping deregulatory agenda, at a time when the agency was already scrambling to complete a host of rollbacks to prevent the policies from being scrapped if Democrats sweep the November elections.

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EPA Aims To Halt Fast Hearing Of RFS Suit, Weighs Waiver Ruling Appeal

EPA is urging a federal appeals court not to fast-track hearing of a suit seeking renewable fuel standard (RFS) credit for electricity used for transportation under the 2020 RFS, as it seeks to keep suits over the 2019 and 2020 RFS separate while weighing an appeal of a ruling strictly limiting its RFS waiver policy.

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EPA Authorizes Voluntary Telework For Most Agency Staff Until April 4

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is authorizing voluntary telework for all agency employees across the nation for the next four weeks, “consistent with operational needs of departments and agencies,” in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a move agency staff are greeting as welcome and overdue.

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