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Environmentalists sue EPA over Texas haze air program

The National Parks Conservation Association and Sierra Club claim Texas’ program for reducing haze-forming emissions from power plants falls short of Clean Air Act requirements.

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Trump Backs Biofuels With EPA Denial Of Refiners’ RFS Waiver Requests

President Donald Trump is signaling support for the biofuels sector over the oil industry after EPA denied dozens of petitions from small refiners seeking renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers, and the agency is also aiming to remove hurdles to distribution of 15-percent ethanol fuel (E15) blends at retail pumps.

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States challenge EPA rollback of oil & gas methane limits

Nearly two dozen states are filing suit in appellate court to challenge EPA’s final rule that scraps direct methane limits for the oil and gas industry.

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Oil Sector Files Suit, Petition Urging EPA To Weaken Tanks Air Toxics Rule

Major oil sector groups are suing EPA in a bid to weaken the agency’s national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for liquid storage tanks used at refineries, and they are also petitioning EPA to administratively reconsider the regulation to relax several provisions including a push for easier compliance terms.

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Corps, tribes at odds over next steps for Dakota oil pipeline

Tribes and environmentalists opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline are asking a district judge to issue an injunction on continued operations while the Corps of Engineers completes an environmental review.

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EPA poised to formally publish oil and gas methane ‘policy’ rule

The regulation, which scraps direct methane limits for sources in the oil and gas sector, is scheduled to be published Sept. 14 in the Federal Register, marking the starting gun for lawsuits on the rule.

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MATS Final Rule Extends Deadline For Shift To Single Reporting System

EPA has issued a final rule extending by more than three years the deadline for electric utilities to comply with its requirement for a single “streamlined” electronic compliance reporting system for the mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) for power plants.

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U.S. Chamber, businesses back power company’s CWA permit claims

Two industry groups are urging a federal appeals court to back an electric power company’s arguments that a landmark Supreme Court Clean Water Act permitting test does not apply to an Illinois site.

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Small Refiners’ High Court RFS Suit May Further Delay EPA Waiver Action

Small refiners are asking the Supreme Court to hear their appeal of a ruling that blocks EPA from issuing renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers to some companies, a request that may further delay the agency’s decision on whether to grant or deny almost 100 pending requests for waivers from RFS fuel production targets.

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

The move puts EPA one step closer to enacting a final version of its proposal to loosen its recently enacted ban on coal ash disposal sites that lack protective “composite” liners.

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