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EPA eyes February for proposing year-round E15 sales waiver

EPA's goal to propose authorizing year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) by February is intended to allow issuance of a final rule approving the decision by June 1.

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Lifecycle Study Finds GHG Cuts From LNG Project, Warns Of Domestic Gas

A new study of the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from a proposed liquified natural gas (LNG) project to provide fuel for marine operations near Seattle finds that the effort would cut overall GHGs by displacing petroleum-based fuels, though the finding depends on the natural gas being sourced only from Canada.

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Wyoming urged to shield oil and gas air controls from EPA rollback

One environmentalist is hopeful that state officials in an upcoming final guidance intend to make clear that the state will stick with a semi-annual inspection requirement, regardless of any changes to EPA's rules.

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Environmentalists ask EAB to scrap Arizona gas utility's air permit

An Arizona county and power company are fighting Sierra Club's Environmental Appeals Board challenge that claims a gas plant's 'minor source' air permit is 'unenforceable.'

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White House eyes EPA RIN market reform under E15 waiver

The White House is signaling revisions to the market in RFS compliance credits as part of EPA's plan to grant a waiver allowing year-round sales of 15-percent ethanol fuel.

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Democratic Gubernatorial Gains May Aid States' Opposition To EPA Agenda

Democrats appear poised to win control of several key governors' mansions in November's midterm elections, potentially aiding those states' opposition to a host of Trump EPA efforts to roll back climate and environmental regulations, while also bolstering state-level policies that aim to counter the federal rollbacks.

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Comment period begins on EPA plan to soften methane NSPS

EPA will accept public comments through Dec. 17 on its plan to weaken Obama-era methane limits for new oil and gas sources, and pledges to hold at least one public hearing on the proposal.

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Industries Urge EPA To Narrow NSR 'Adjacency' Test Beyond Draft Guide

Major industry groups are praising EPA's draft guidance narrowing when the agency will “aggregate” pollution sources as one source for new source review (NSR) permitting purposes, but are urging EPA to further reduce the scope of aggregation by creating a more-limited definition of when sources are deemed “adjacent” for NSR.

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EPA Faulted For Relying On State Methane Rules But Not Tallying Emissions

EPA's claims that it can rely on state programs to limit methane leaks at oil and gas operations in lieu of federal rules are drawing fire from environmentalists who say that EPA's analysis for its methane rule rollback proposal fails to quantify the pollution cuts -- or lack thereof -- from the state programs.

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Senate Democrats ask EPA for more public engagement on ACE

The lawmakers urge EPA to extend the comment period on the rule until Dec. 31 and to hold three additional public hearings, though it is doubtful that the agency will grant the request.

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