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D.C. Circuit Halts RFS Waivers Suit, Shifting Focus To 10th Circuit Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has granted a request from EPA and biofuels groups to halt litigation filed by renewable fuel producers over three Trump-era renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers issued to refineries, shifting focus to a related 10th Circuit legal battle over RFS exemptions.

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Divided Refiners, Biofuels Groups Spar Over RFS ‘Severe Hardship’ Waivers

Refiners are clashing with each other and biofuels groups over requests from states and some small refiners for “severe economic harm” waivers from renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending obligations, in a dispute similar a fight over hardship waivers for small refiners that biofuels advocates fiercely oppose.

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Biden EPA Publishes Final Trump-Era Industrial Stormwater General Permit

The Biden EPA has formally published a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for industrial stormwater that appears unchanged from a version that the Trump administration finalized earlier this year as a result of a 2016 settlement agreement with environmentalists and industry but did not have time to publish.

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Refiners, Biofuels Groups Oppose EPA Bid To Pause Suit Over 2020 RFS

Oil sector and biofuels industry groups are opposing EPA’s bid to pause litigation over the 2020 renewable fuel standard (RFS), saying the Supreme Court’s eventual ruling over related questions on small refiners’ waivers from RFS compliance will not moot broader arguments and does not justify abeyance in the litigation as the agency claims.

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EPA extends comment deadline for Pennsylvania ozone petition

The deadline extension will allow Ozone Transport Commission states and others more time to weigh in on a petition seeking stricter ozone emissions controls on utilities in Pennsylvania.

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EPA touts ongoing decline in power plant air pollution

The agency attributes continuing declines in air pollution primarily to long-term fuel switching away from coal-fired power to lower-emitting sources.

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Sierra Club drops suit aiming to block Texas pipeline

The environmental group has voluntarily dismissed its legal challenge that had sought to halt construction of the Permian Highway Pipeline after the pipeline started operations earlier this year.

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Biofuels industry seeks automakers’ support amid push for EVs

Biofuels producers say they need support from automakers to sustain a market for vehicles using higher ethanol blends, amid a push by electric vehicle (EV) advocates to increase backing for EVs.

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Environmentalists challenge rule loosening coal ash ‘liner’ mandate

Three environmental groups are suing over the Trump-era rule that allows some ash disposal sites to keep operating even if they lack otherwise mandatory “composite” liners.

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EPA Asks D.C. Circuit To Delay Mandate In Decision Vacating CPP Repeal

EPA is asking a federal appeals court to delay issuing part of its mandate in its Jan. 19 ruling vacating the Trump-era Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) utility climate rule that also scrapped a regulation repealing the Obama EPA’s earlier Clean Power Plan (CPP), saying the agency needs time to consider its power plant climate rules “afresh.”

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