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EPA defends discretion in setting 2017 RFS targets

EPA in a new legal filing is rejecting attacks on its process for setting the 2017 renewable fuel standard targets, saying a federal appeals court should defer to its discretion in how it sets the goals.

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5th Circuit prepares to hear ELG delay challenge

An appeals court is starting up a case over EPA's delay of an Obama-era power plant effluent rule after a district judge blocked environmentalists' bid to keep an identical suit in a lower court.

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Compliance Costs Create Dilemma For Wehrum's Bid To Kill Utility MACT

ORLANDO, FL -- EPA air chief William Wehrum is acknowledging that he faces a dilemma over whether to grant calls from utilities and others to scrap the regulatory justification for the Obama-era utility air toxics rule as a “satisfying” move, or retain it as even some of its staunchest industry critics have spent millions in compliance costs.

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For Now, EPA Plans NSR Guide To Define 'Maintenance,' Despite Rule Petition

ORLANDO, FL -- EPA is signaling that, for now, it plans to issue guidance to revise the new source review (NSR) program's definition of when facility changes are “routine maintenance” exempt from the requirements despite West Virginia's petition to adopt the change in a Clean Air Act rule -- a move that would revive a legal fight from 2006.

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Federal judge sends utility ELG delay suit to appeals court

The judge's order ends a lower court suit over the Trump EPA's delay of the Obama-era power plant effluent rule and shifts focus to a pending appeals court case.

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State's Petition For EPA NSR 'Maintenance' Rule Could Revive Legal Fight

West Virginia is petitioning EPA for a rulemaking to clarify and ease a Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permitting exemption for facility “routine maintenance,” a move the agency has signaled it is likely to pursue but one that could revive a legal fight with environmentalists who won a court ruling in 2006 scrapping a similar rule.

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GOP Touts High-Octane Standard In RFS Reform Package But Faces Hurdles

Top House Republicans are expressing confidence about enacting a nationwide high-octane fuel standard as part of a broader package to “reform” or scale back the renewable fuel standard (RFS), arguing the move could satisfy a range of fuel stakeholders while also giving automakers a relatively cheap compliance option for fuel economy limits.

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Pipeline company emphasizes security concerns in high court bid

A natural gas pipeline company is emphasizing national security concerns in its push for Supreme Court review of a Clean Water Act decision that blocked pipeline construction.

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Trump's Support For Annual E15 Sales Spurs Ethanol Critics' Legal Threat

President Donald Trump is signaling support for pending EPA plans to allow year-round sales of ethanol fuel blends up to 15 percent (E15), prompting a warning from ethanol critics including the petroleum sector that the agency lacks the Clean Air Act authority for such a waiver.

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EPA NSR Overhaul Will Target 'Aggregation,' 'Maintenance' Permit Policies

EPA's push to overhaul and ease Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permitting mandates includes plans in the coming months to issue a mixture of guidance and regulation on key issues including “aggregating” emissions for permitting purposes, and revising a policy on what qualifies as facility “maintenance” exempt from NSR.

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