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EPA plans to release RFS volumes rule by New Year

EPA’s final RFS biofuel volumes rule for 2020 appears to be up to one month behind schedule, as the agency wrestles with how to account for blending volumes waived for small refiners.

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Kentucky DEP official faults ‘counterintuitive’ air law highway penalty

Sean Alteri, deputy Kentucky environment chief, says the threat of EPA withholding highway funds could undermine projects that cut emissions by reducing traffic congestion.

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EPA denies staff chief defied IG inquiry

The IG’s investigation stems from a 2017 request by Hill Democrats to look into whether Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson interfered with testimony regarding the agency’s procedures to select scientific advisers.

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NRDC Says Senate GOP Bill Aims To ‘Give Cover’ To EPA’s NSR Rollback

John Walke, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) clean air program, is warning that Senate legislation to amend the Clean Air Act’s new source review (NSR) program is designed to “give cover” to EPA’s plan to roll back the permitting program and make it easier for facilities to increase pollution.

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Thousands of scientists declare ‘climate emergency’

The scientists state “clearly and unequivocally that the planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” a statement one House Democrat says backs up his call for a Hill resolution likewise declaring an emergency.

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Barrasso pushes back against Schumer EV plan

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) “wants to spend $392 billion of taxpayer money to subsidize cars only wealthy Americans can afford,” charges Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY).

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Pallone reportedly blocking CCUS measure in defense bill

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) supports the substance of the carbon capture legislation, but is reportedly irked that its structure leaves his panel with no jurisdiction over the bill.

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Lawmakers float ambitious new bill to address plastic waste

“There is currently no incentive in this country to reduce and reuse plastic, or for producers to use recycled plastics,” says Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA).

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Senate Support Grows For Bill Giving EPA New Power To Cut HFCs

Over a dozen senators from both parties are floating legislation that would give EPA new authorities to curb the production and use of refrigerants that act as potent greenhouse gases, signaling growing support for an effort to make progress in an area that has been stymied by court rulings and Trump administration deregulatory measures.

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Senate clears EPA FY20 spending but talks with House remain

The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a package of fiscal year 2020 spending bills, including provisions for EPA, though next steps for final enactment remains unclear as senators must resolve spending and policy differences with their House colleagues.

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