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EPA Joins Calls For FERC To More Closely Scrutinize Amended Pipeline

EPA Region 3 is joining environmentalists and state officials in urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to more closely scrutinize the environmental effects of a developer’s plan to bifurcate a proposed natural gas pipeline in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Refiners, Barrasso Urge 10th Circuit Rehearing Of RFS Waivers Ruling

The refining sector, backed by the state of Wyoming and Senate environment committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), is urging a federal appeals court to grant rehearing of its landmark decision striking down compliance waivers granted to small refiners for renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending obligations.

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EPA, Sierra Club Defend Injunctive Relief In Key NSR Air Permit Appeal

EPA and environmentalists in new legal briefs are defending a federal district court’s requirement that electric utility Ameren Missouri install tougher emissions controls on two power plants, in an appeal testing the limits of EPA’s enforcement authority under the new source review (NSR) air permit program.

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Citing Time Limit, SAB Declines Review Of EPA Oil & Gas Methane Plan

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is declining to review the scientific and technical basis for the agency’s August proposal to scrap direct methane standards for the oil and gas sector, with many advisers citing the limited time they would have to conduct a thorough analysis before EPA finalizes the rule.

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API touts sustainability ‘long game’ despite EPA enforcement halt

The oil and gas industry group says a new sustainability guidance to its members shows that it is invested in environmental improvements despite seeking a broad enforcement waiver from EPA.

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Coronavirus Prompts EPA To Retain RFS Waivers, Delay Summer Gasoline

EPA says the coronavirus pandemic is prompting it to retain renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers already granted to small refiners despite an appellate ruling that will strictly limit future issuance of such exemptions, and the agency is also extending a deadline for introducing less-polluting summertime gasoline because of the virus.

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Citing New EIS Precedent, Court Rejects NEPA Review Of Major Pipeline

A federal district judge is rejecting as insufficient under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) the Army Corps’ streamlined environmental assessment (EA) of the Dakota Access Pipeline, citing a new appellate court precedent requiring a more in-depth environmental impact statement (EIS) for “controversial” projects.

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McKenna leaves White House post

Michael McKenna, the former Republican energy lobbyist who joined the White House last fall, resigned after an unspecified complaint was lodged against him regarding statements he made at work.

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EPA drops RFS waiver ruling appeal, signaling huge cut in exemptions

The agency’s decision not to appeal a ruling significantly restricting its renewable fuel standard small refiner waiver policy will dramatically limit the number of future waivers EPA can issue.

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D.C. Circuit urged to reverse rejection of RFS case consolidation

Despite biogas producers’ call for reconsideration, appellate judges appear unlikely to revise their order keeping lawsuits over EPA’s 2019 and 2020 renewable fuel standards separate.

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