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Wheeler tours swing states to tout Trump environment record

“Given the polling, it makes sense Wheeler would be heading to battlegrounds to greenwash Trump’s abysmal record,” one environmentalist says of Wheeler’s recent visits to Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

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EPA Weighs Dozens Of ‘Gap Year’ RFS Waivers But Plans Ethanol Boost

EPA is weighing 52 requests from small refiners for unprecedented “gap year” waivers of renewable fuel standard (RFS) blending mandates for prior compliance years that biofuel makers warn are unlawful, but the agency is also planning a supplemental proposal to hike years-old ethanol production mandates alongside the waivers.

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Upcoming NAS Report Could Inform Post-2025 Auto GHG Standards

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is continuing a study of fuel-saving and electrification technologies and trends that could inform the next round of light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards, despite the Trump administration’s deregulatory push that gutted Obama-era requirements.

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D.C. Circuit reschedules argument in 2019 RFS suit

Oral argument over the 2019 renewable fuel standard (RFS) program will be heard in September, likely before oral argument over the 2020 RFS in similar consolidated litigation.

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Longtime vehicle climate experts join environmental group

Daniel Becker and Jim Gerstenzang, who have long pushed to curb vehicles’ carbon emissions under the Safe Climate Campaign, will continue similar efforts at the Center for Biological Diversity.

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EPA Offers First Detailed Legal Defense Of CPP Repeal, ACE Replacement

EPA for the first time is detailing to a court its legal arguments for repealing the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) utility greenhouse gas rule and replacing it with the much narrower Affordable Clean Energy (ACE), charging that the CPP was unlawfully broad while ACE is the only way to “lawfully regulate” power plant climate emissions.

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Appellate Rulings May Undercut EPA Legal Claims In Cost, Science Rules

Two new federal appeals court rulings could undermine EPA’s attempt to rely on general statutory authority for two high-profile deregulatory proposals that would codify new requirements for cost-benefit analysis of air rules and restrict the use of science studies where data is not publicly available, according to some legal experts.

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Amid Stimulus Push, Democrats Include Clean Energy In Infrastructure Bill

House Democrats are pledging to hold a floor vote this month on their long-planned infrastructure legislation including over $34 billion in clean energy investments, a move that might be responding to increasing outcry by the renewable energy industry that economic relief for the sector has been omitted from COVID-19 stimulus bills.

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CARB To Formally Propose Truck Low-NOx Limit Amid Industry Opposition

California Air Resources Board (CARB) officials late this month will formally propose stringent low-nitrogen oxide (NOx) standards and other emission requirements for heavy-duty trucks beginning with model year 2024, amid strong opposition from truck makers and a continued delay in EPA’s proposed update to federal NOx limits.

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Environmentalists Fault EPA Stormwater Permit For Climate, Other Issues

Environmental groups are raising a host of concerns with EPA’s proposed industrial stormwater general permit, including that the permit would weaken provisions intended to lessen flooding risk due to climate change and that the agency rejected the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

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