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D.C. Circuit Rejects Valero’s Suit Aiming To Force Review Of RFS’ Impacts

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected refiner Valero’s suit alleging EPA failed to meet a statutory mandate to conduct periodic reviews of the renewable fuel standard’s (RFS) impacts on the sector, finding a 2017 agency statement that it met review mandates is not a final action subject to judicial review.

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Permit challenger says EPA avoided equity review with ‘blatant lie’

One of the residents challenging an EPA-issued permit for an oil and gas drilling operation says the agency’s justification not to consider environmental justice impacts is at odds with reality.

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EPA Proposal To Back Georgia Ash Program Sets Model For Strict State Plans

EPA is formally proposing to approve Georgia’s coal ash disposal permit program, which would make the Peach State the second to win federal permission to regulate ash disposal after Oklahoma and the first to go further than EPA’s ash standards by incorporating a 2018 appellate court ruling that ordered the agency to strengthen its nationwide ash rule.

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Automakers Face Pushback On Call For National Low Fuel Volatility Limit

Automakers are facing pushback on their renewed call for EPA to introduce a single fuel volatility standard that would be lower than existing fragmented limits on fuel, with refiners fighting the idea and a series of recent agency actions including its year-round sales waiver for 15-percent ethanol (E15) casting doubt on the request.

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Supreme court leaves states murky on future of ‘conflict preemption’

A new Supreme Court case shows divisions among the justices on how to approach state authority at the edges of areas where Congress has already legislated – but offers no definitive answer.

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Trump directs EPA to reconsider RFS small refiner waiver policy

EPA appears to be poised to issue fewer renewable fuel standard waivers for small refiners, pushing up refiners’ compliance costs but pleasing President Donald Trump’s rural political supporters.

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Trump opponents target energy efficiency rule in ‘2-for-1’ suit

Environmentalists and others suing over President Donald Trump’s regulatory reform order are tying their efforts to a delayed rule on appliances’ energy efficiency.

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Experts See ‘Uphill Climb’ For EPA Bid To Limit Air Law GHG Authority

Clean Air Act experts say EPA faces a tough legal lift to convince a key appellate court that its just-issued Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to address power sector greenhouse gases is lawful, in part because the agency opted for a relatively risky claim that its standard-setting approach is the only permissible interpretation of the law.

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EPA Argues Its Repeal Of Obama CPP Rule ‘Severable’ From ACE Policy

EPA says its formal repeal of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) is severable from its newly finalized Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule in an effort to persuade courts to allow the repeal to go forward even if they find the narrow replacement unlawful -- though sources say it is far from clear that judges will accept this position.

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EPA Adopts Risky Legal Stance In ACE To Limit Air Act GHG Authority

EPA’s just-issued Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which seeks to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), adopts a risky legal interpretation arguing that the agency is prohibited from issuing the types of broad greenhouse gas standards that were included in the CPP in a bid to block a future administration from re-imposing similarly expansive requirements.

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