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EPA Cites Appellate Ruling On Guidance In Bid To End RFS Credit Lawsuit

EPA is urging a federal appeals court to reject a lawsuit over agency guidance that denied renewable fuel standard (RFS) credit for a new method of cellulosic ethanol production, citing the court’s recent ruling in a separate EPA lawsuit that some observers say raised the bar for proving that non-binding guidance can be subject to judicial review.

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Study suggests dramatic undercount in oil & gas methane

A new “top-down” scientific study suggests that natural sources of methane are much smaller than previously thought, and that emissions from man-made activity tied to fossil fuels are much larger.

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After two-month delay, EPA publishes ash permitting proposal

The agency’s two-month delay in publishing the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act permit proposal also means a planned public hearing on the rule is delayed until April.

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Pennsylvania drafts plan to join RGGI

The Keystone State’s draft rule to join the regional cap-and-trade program includes a “set aside” provision intended to protect the state’s unique waste coal sector.

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BP makes long-term GHG pledge

The British-based oil and gas major is pledging to achieve net-zero emissions from its “entire operations” and upstream production by mid-century, and halve the emissions intensity of its products by that timeframe.

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Auto GHG Rule Delays Threaten To Create New ‘Lead Time’ Legal Risks

The Trump administration’s chronic delays in completing its rollback of Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules are threatening to introduce a new legal risk to the rulemaking, given a looming statutory “lead time” deadline for the Transportation Department to complete its standards.

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Senate Democrats Gives EPA Lead Role In Achieving Net-Zero GHG Goal

Nearly three dozen Senate Democrats are introducing new legislation directing EPA to implement a far-reaching plan using its existing Clean Air Act authority to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while including strong labor and environmental justice protections.

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Senate Democrats Give EPA Lead Role In Achieving Net-Zero GHG Goal

Nearly three dozen Senate Democrats are introducing new legislation directing EPA to implement a far-reaching plan using its existing Clean Air Act authority to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while including strong labor and environmental justice protections.

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Wheeler Weighs Major Overhaul Of RFS Waiver Policy After Adverse Ruling

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is weighing a major overhaul of the agency’s policy for issuing renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers to small refineries following an appellate ruling that rejected several exemptions, with some refining sector officials fearing the decision will force EPA to dramatically cut the number of waivers it issues.

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Signaling Delays, House Seeks More Environmental Fixes In CCUS Bill

House Democrats are seeking fixes to proposed legislation to expand carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) -- including more protection for drinking water and ensuring carbon dioxide is actually kept from the atmosphere -- signaling the need for further negotiations on the bill that could delay moving it this year.

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