The appellate court could potentially issue a ruling on EPA's appeal of a case over its mandate to review the employment impacts of its Clean Air Act rules before the legal deadline for completing the review.
Oil sector divisions are widening over whether EPA should retain or change the “point of obligation” compliance mandate under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners and importers to fuel blenders, and a split among top Trump administration officials over the future of the RFS makes it unclear which side EPA will take.
Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent (NOI) threatening to sue EPA over its alleged failure to review the renewable fuel standard's (RFS) environmental impacts, adding to pressure for the agency to undertake new assessments of the program following an oil sector suit trying to force a review of RFS implementing regulations.
Democratic and Republican senators are waging a bipartisan push to preserve the future of EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) amid doubts over President Donald Trump's plan for the program, given his call for reducing regulatory burdens on fuel producers and new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's prior strong attacks on the RFS.
Major ethanol industry groups are urging EPA to take additional steps to promote the fuel as part of its proposed rule to “enhance” the market for fuels that qualify for sale under the agency's renewable fuel standard (RFS), warning that some parts of the plan could have the unintended consequence of creating new barriers to ethanol sales.
Ethanol and oil industry groups are both backing EPA's proposal to reject a request from some refiners to shift the renewable fuel standard “point of obligation” compliance mandate from refiners and importers of fuel to companies that blend renewable fuels into transportation fuel, a rare unified position between the competing sectors.
Newly released emails from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's time as Oklahoma attorney general (AG) show several examples where he or top officials in his office coordinated with fossil fuel groups to target EPA's climate and air regulations, bolstering critics' claims that the new administrator is too close with industry.
West Virginia Attorney General (AG) Patrick Morrisey (R), one of the most ardent critics of EPA's power plant greenhouse gas rules, hopes that an executive order President Donald Trump is slated to sign will seek a broad rollback of the agency's rules for both new and existing sources, suggesting some uncertainty about the scope of the order.
As a federal appellate court prepares to rule on the legality of EPA's power plant greenhouse gas rule, supporters and critics say that how the court rules -- assuming it upholds the regulation -- could inform or affect the Trump administration's options for undoing or weakening the measure in a new rulemaking.