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Farm state governors urge EPA to reject RFS waivers

Democratic and Republican governors from 22 biofuels-producing states are urging EPA not to grant 52 “gap year” applications small refiners have submitted for renewable fuel standard exemptions.

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Groups Make Final Pitches To OMB On Oil & Gas Methane Rule Rollback

Environmentalists and oil groups are making their final pitches to EPA and White House officials regarding the agency’s draft final rollback of oil and gas methane standards, including a late-hour battle over the implications of scrapping rules for low-production wells and the legal authority for the rollback.

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EDF targets pipeline approval based on lack of ‘need’

The environmental group’s case focuses on claims that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission improperly determined there was a “need” for a St. Louis-area natural gas pipeline.

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Ernst Blocks Benevento Nomination For EPA Deputy Chief Over RFS Fears

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) is blocking President Donald Trump’s nomination of Doug Benevento to be EPA deputy administrator over concerns that the agency is considering granting dozens of renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers to biofuel production mandates, making it impossible for the nomination to move forward.

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Legal Experts Weigh High Court’s ‘Textual’ Focus For EPA Rollback Cases

Legal experts are debating how the Supreme Court’s sharp focus on the text of laws in recent landmark rulings might affect pending litigation over Trump administration rollbacks of environmental rules, with some observers saying the “textual” approach might assist states and others who are suing to undo the deregulatory actions.

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EPA’s utility GHG defense draws lone amicus filer

The National Association of Home Builders is backing EPA’s decision to repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, though it takes no position on the replacement Affordable Clean Energy rule.

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EPA sends final coal ash ‘Part A’ rule for White House review

The rule will force unlined ash disposal sites to shut down even though EPA has already proposed exceptions to that mandate, and will also create new deadline extensions for facility closures.

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Wyoming, Montana rebut Washington’s claims in CWA 401 fight

The two states are faulting Washington state’s claims that Supreme Court review of a Clean Water Act dispute is unnecessary, telling the high court the coastal state’s assertions are wrong and unpersuasive.

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Fearing Weak EPA Defense, States And Utilities Intervene To Protect MATS

Electric utilities and 16 mainly Democratic-led states are seeking to intervene in a coal company’s suit challenging the Obama EPA’s mercury and air toxics standards (MATS), aiming to defend the agency’s landmark air toxics policy and fearing the Trump administration will not “zealously” defend the rule because of its deregulatory agenda.

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Energy Sector Cites Legal Flaws In Bid For High Court Stay Of NWP 12 Ruling

The energy sector is backing the Justice Department’s (DOJ) call for the Supreme Court to stay a district court’s vacatur of a federal Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for constructing new oil and gas pipelines, citing numerous alleged legal flaws with the lower court’s ruling and claiming widespread harms from the resulting halt in permitting.

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