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EPA's 2018 RFS Targets Biofuel Fraud But Avoids 'Obligation' Point Debate

EPA in its proposed renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes rule for 2018 is seeking public input on potential steps it could take to avoid fraud in the program and improve the RFS' market for biofuels credits, but avoids taking a position in the contentious debate over which stakeholders should be subject to the rule's compliance "obligation" point.

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EPA, Industry Cite Methane NSPS Review, Delay Plans To Back Recall Bid

EPA and several industry groups are intensifying their calls for a federal appellate court panel to recall its mandate requiring the agency to immediately implement Obama-era methane limits for oil and gas facilities, charging the court's immediate issuance of its mandate vacating EPA's stay risks undercutting the agency's reconsideration of the rule and is unreasonable given agency plans to further stay the requirements.

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EPA Starts Work On Rule To Reset Statutory RFS Biofuel Volume Mandates

EPA is starting technical analysis required to craft an upcoming rule resetting the mandatory biofuel production requirements under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), paving the way for the Trump administration to fundamentally alter the program's goals -- likely by reducing statutory mandates for cellulosic biofuel production.

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Environmentalists Extend Rejection Of Methane NSPS Stay To Delay Proposal

Previewing written comments and possible future court action, environmentalists say that EPA's effort to delay by two years several requirements of the Obama-era methane limits for new oil and gas sources is an unlawful extension of the agency's earlier effort to administratively stay the rule for 90 days, which was recently vacated by a key appellate court.

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Environmentalists Seek To Extend Methane NSPS Ruling To Delay Proposal

Previewing written comments and possible future court action, environmentalists say that EPA's effort to delay by two years several requirements of the Obama-era methane limits for new oil and gas sources is an unlawful extension of the agency's earlier effort to administratively stay the rule for 90 days, which was recently vacated by a key appellate court.

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Environmentalists Raise Early Legal Attacks Over Plan To Delay Utility ELG

Environmentalists are raising early legal attacks on EPA's proposal to indefinitely delay many provisions of the Obama-era power plant effluent limitation guideline (ELG) by arguing no federal law allows such a stay, though utilities and coal companies argue the the delay is needed to avoid unnecessary compliance costs.

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EPA Proposes To Maintain 2018 RFS Targets But Lowers Cellulosic Volumes

EPA's just-released 2018 renewable fuel standard (RFS) proposal calls for maintaining 2017 requirements that in effect call for blending 15 billion gallons of conventional, corn-based, renewable fuel -- though the plan would also use EPA's waiver authority to lower volumes for low-carbon cellulosic biofuel below legislative targets.

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CEI Renews Call For Trump To Attack California's Vehicle GHG Rule Power

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is citing an early effort to develop bipartisan endorsement of negotiations over vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules as a new justification for the Trump administration to pursue attacks on California's vehicle GHG authority -- illustrating the challenges to forging any bipartisan consensus on the issue.

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NRDC urges White House to retain Clean Power Plan

The environmental group is urging retention of the Obama-era utility climate rule even though EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was one of the leading opponents of the rule before he joined the agency.

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D.C. Circuit Vacates EPA Methane Rule Stay Over Flaws In Reconsideration

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a split opinion has vacated EPA's administrative stay of several key requirements in an Obama-era rule setting limits on the potent greenhouse gas methane from new oil and gas equipment, finding major flaws in how the Trump EPA paused the provisions to reconsider them.

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