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Ford acknowledges criminal probe over emissions

The investigation is focused on Ford's use of “road load estimations,” which measure forces, such as aerodynamic drag or tire resistance, when a vehicle is traveling at a constant speed on a smooth surface.

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EPA Expected To Make ‘Fixes’ To NSR Proposal After Split From ACE

EPA is expected to take steps to “fix” several problems, including how emissions increases are calculated, in its proposal to ease new source review (NSR) permitting rules for coal plants, a plan originally part of the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to limit the plants’ greenhouse gases but from which it is now being split.

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Study Finds State Renewable Standards Costly, But Critics Query Methods

A new “working paper” co-authored by a former Obama administration climate adviser estimates that the per-ton costs of greenhouse gas cuts under state renewable electricity mandates exceed the social cost of carbon (SCC), a critique that could bolster general pushback against such programs or aid calls for alternatives such as a carbon tax or “clean” energy standards.

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Keystone foes seek to preserve push for new NEPA review

Environmentalists are seeking to retain an existing injunction on construction activities related to the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to leverage their claim the project requires an environmental review.

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API doubts EPA will grant call to extend E15 comment deadline

The agency appears unlikely to slow the pace of its highly contested proposal to allow summertime sales of E15 fuel, despite an oil sector request for more time for public comment.

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Western states, utilities advance low-carbon power goals

Lawmakers in Washington and Nevada are adopting stronger low-carbon standards for the power sector, while New Mexico's largest utility says it can beat a new state deadline to eliminate its carbon emissions.

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Biofuels Group Seeks Injunction To Halt Pending EPA RFS Refiner Waivers

A national biofuels advocacy group is asking a federal appeals court to issue an injunction immediately halting EPA’s consideration of dozens of potential renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers for small refiners, warning that without the injunction the agency might issue waivers before litigation over the waiver process is complete.

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CARB Floats Plan To Limit Truck NOx But Hedges On Long-Term Targets

California air regulators are floating a phased approach for implementing tougher nitrogen oxide (NOx) limits for heavy-duty trucks, including stricter numerical standards starting in model year 2024 and regulatory timelines that are synchronized with greenhouse gas controls -- though they are hedging on long-term NOx targets.

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Officials Urged To Prioritize EPA Rule Rollbacks, Not Coal Leasing Appeal

A top deregulatory advocate is urging the Trump administration to prioritize rollbacks of EPA policies rather than spending limited resources on appealing the recent ruling finding Department of the Interior (DOI) officials unlawfully skipped environmental reviews when they lifted an Obama-era moratorium on new coal leases, though environmentalists say they expect an appeal.

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After CASAC Fallout, Wheeler Agrees To Narrow SAB Review Of EPA Rules

Administrator Andrew Wheeler is asking EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) to review just one of six pending rules the board had sought to assess, a step that sources note is narrow but may still be intended to better control the review's outcome and prevent fallout similar to what occurred recently when hand-picked clean air advisors said they lacked expertise to review their charge.

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