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EPA shutters Virgin Islands refinery, citing safety concerns

Addressing the controversial Limetree Bay refinery’s air pollution incidents is seen as a test case for the Biden administration’s commitment to ensuring environmental justice for surrounding communities.

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States Seek Corps’ Talks To Resolve Fight Over CWA Permit Certifications

Attorneys general (AGs) from six states are urging the Army Corps of Engineers to “change course and engage with” states to solve a dispute over states’ role in issuing Clean Water Act (CWA) water quality certifications for a slew of Corps-issued dredge-and-fill general permits, saying the states and EPA have proposed possible resolutions.

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D.C. Circuit rejects Dakota pipeline’s bid to stay NEPA mandate

A three-judge panel of the appeals court issued a per curium order May 13 denying Dakota Access Pipeline’s request to stay implementation of a ruling requiring a National Environmental Policy Act analysis.

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EPA issues fuel rule waiver for states following pipeline hack

The agency says the temporary waiver of Clean Air Act fuel volatility regulations is required to ensure supplies of gasoline on the East Coast are maintained following the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack.

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Dakota Pipeline Critics Urge D.C. Circuit To Issue Mandate In NEPA Ruling

Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) are urging a federal appeals court to reject a request from the pipeline company to stay the mandate from the court's ruling ordering a new National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) assessment of the pipeline, saying DAPL’s potential high court appeal of the decision does not justify the request.

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Environmental groups press EPA to block Everglades drilling

In one of the first tests of Florida’s new authority, the Natural Resources Defense Council and 81 other environmental groups want EPA to object to the state’s issuance of Clean Water Act section 404 permits.

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Army Corps Argues New CWA General Permit Moots Keystone XL Appeal

The Army Corps of Engineers is asking a federal appeals court to vacate a lower court’s ruling that found fault with a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit used to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing that the issuance of a new version of the permit and other issues makes a pending appeal moot.

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Ranchers’ lawsuit over coal plant will test EPA air permit policies

The latest lawsuit from North Dakota ranchers over a coal-fired utility will likely test EPA’s policy on Title V air permit objections, and its policy on “aggregating” air pollution sources for permitting.

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Army Corps reiterates no plan to halt Dakota Access Pipeline

In an update to a federal district court, the Army Corps of Engineers reiterates that it has no plans to halt operations of the pipeline while it conducts a National Environmental Policy Act analysis of the project.

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EPA gives confidential RFS waiver data to GAO

The agency will give the Government Accountability Office (GAO) refiners’ confidential data as part of a GAO investigation into EPA’s issuance of renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers.

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