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Environmentalists, Industry Spar Over EPA's Refinery Air Rule Revisions

Environmentalists and oil industry groups are sparring over EPA's proposed revisions to its Clean Air Act “major source” rules for the refining sector, clashing over the agency's acceptance of air emissions from pressure relief devices (PRDs), its requirements for fenceline monitoring of toxics emissions, and several other issues.

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D.C. Circuit schedules oral arguments in CSAPR, 2017 RFS suits

The appellate court that hears challenges to most EPA rules will hear Oct. 3 argument in litigation over the agency's utility air trading rule, and Oct. 5 arguments in challenges to the 2017 renewable fuel standard.

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California lawmakers seek RFS credit for biomass electricity

California lawmakers are pushing EPA to grant RFS credit for biomass-derived electricity, after the agency declared biomass power carbon-neutral.

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Lawmakers Seek Six-Year Extension For Controversial UST Requirements

Dozens of House and Senate lawmakers are urging EPA to extend by six years an October deadline for inspections of underground storage tanks (USTs), saying the requirement will place an overwhelming financial burden on fuel retailers, especially small businesses, an argument fuel retailers made when EPA crafted the requirement in 2015.

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EPA sends final coal ash rule revisions for OMB review

EPA is readying the final version of its first round of revisions to the 2014 ash disposal rule, less than four months after signing the proposal.

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Pruitt's farm tour struggles to soothe RFS tensions

The EPA administrator is facing a hostile reception from angry farmers and ethanol producers as he seeks to reboot ties with the sector after a failed effort to reform the renewable fuel standard.

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Groups Seek To Force BLM To Broadly Assess GHGs in Oil & Gas Leasing

Environmental groups are broadening a legal strategy aimed at forcing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to consider the cumulative greenhouse gas impacts when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews for individual oil and gas lease sales, charging that BLM is intentionally segmenting leases to downplay their climate effects.

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Final briefs reiterate wide-ranging attacks on EPA's 2017 RFS

Refiners, biofuels groups and EPA in their final briefs over the 2017 RFS are sparring over cellulosic and biodiesel volumes, and also whether refiners should bear the RFS' compliance burden.

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Second suit over EPA's delay of utility ELG faces familiar hurdles

EPA is again looking to move a suit over its delay of the 2015 power plant effluent rule to circuit court, even though the new case claims violations of the Endangered Species Act rather than the water law.

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Reprising Past Opposition, Trump Allies Slam Draft Coal, Nuclear Strategy

Many of the Trump administration's traditional allies on energy issues are sharply criticizing its latest draft plan to save uneconomic coal and nuclear plants, reprising the dynamic surrounding an earlier Energy Department (DOE) plan that federal energy regulators rejected as unlawful.

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