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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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Oil Sector Seeks EPA Waivers During Pandemic, Alarming Environmentalists

The American Petroleum Institute (API) and other industry groups are pressing EPA and other agencies for a slew of regulatory exemptions to ease the impact of the ongoing economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, prompting alarm from environmentalists who warn the move is intended to serve as a pretext for further deregulation.

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FERC approves Oregon LNG export terminal

Federal energy regulators’ approval of the Jordan Cove LNG terminal is conditioned on the developer securing the state permits it needs to proceed, and Oregon has objected to the project.

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ACE plaintiffs ask court to delay briefing due to virus

Challengers to EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy utility climate rule are seeking an additional three weeks to file their opening brief in the litigation, due to the widespread fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

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D.C. Circuit Denies Biogas Producers’ Drive To Accelerate 2020 RFS Suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied a request by biogas producers to hear lawsuits over its 2019 and 2020 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rules together, which EPA opposed and said would effectively accelerate litigation over the 2020 RFS and limit the agency’s ability to defend that rule.

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South Carolina law signals hurdles for coal ash site closures

A state lawmaker’s effort to block TVA’s plan to send ash from a closed power plant to his district could be a sign of difficulties for other power companies with similar plans.

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EPA Aims To Halt Fast Hearing Of RFS Suit, Weighs Waiver Ruling Appeal

EPA is urging a federal appeals court not to fast-track hearing of a suit seeking renewable fuel standard (RFS) credit for electricity used for transportation under the 2020 RFS, as it seeks to keep suits over the 2019 and 2020 RFS separate while weighing an appeal of a ruling strictly limiting its RFS waiver policy.

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D.C. Circuit Orders EPA To Reconsider Denial Of MATS ‘Startup’ Petition

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is directing EPA to reconsider environmentalists’ petition challenging provisions in the Obama-era mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) that exempted utility boilers from tough emissions limits during startup and shutdown, saying EPA unreasonably denied the petition.

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Biofuel producers warn Trump against appealing RFS waiver ruling

Biofuel and farm groups are warning President Donald Trump he risks a political backlash from rural voters if EPA contests an appellate ruling placing major limits on its renewable fuel standard waiver policy.

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D.C. Circuit schedules argument in suit over EPA RFS cellulosic policy

A decision by the court in favor of biofuels producers could open the door to the agency having to allow more cellulosic fuel supply to qualify under its renewable fuel standard.

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