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EPA Move To Scrap RFS Waivers Signals Stricter Policy On Exemptions

EPA’s recent request for a federal appeals court to scrap and remand last-minute renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers the Trump administration issued to refiner Sinclair signals the Biden administration is pursuing a stricter policy on RFS exemptions regardless of the outcome of a pending Supreme Court waiver lawsuit.

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Environmentalists sue over Trump-era NWP 12 update

In new litigation, environmental groups argue a Trump-era Clean Water Act dredge-and-fill permit for oil and gas pipelines fails to comply with a previous court order.

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Dakota Access Pipeline plans Supreme Court appeal of NEPA ruling

The pipeline is asking a federal appeals court to stay its mandate requiring the Army Corps of Engineers to complete a new environmental analysis for the pipeline so it can appeal the issue to the high court.

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Former EPA policy advisor picked to lead Navy environmental programs

Meredith Berger, an Obama-era EPA policy advisor and Navy deputy chief of staff, is President Joe Biden’s planned nominee to oversee the Navy’s environmental programs.

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Justices Wrestle With Defining ‘Extension’ Of RFS Small Refiner Waivers

Supreme Court justices at April 27 oral arguments wrestled with whether to uphold a lower court’s ruling that would effectively bar most small refiners from winning EPA renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers, analyzing the agency’s statutory power to “extend” exemptions for refiners lacking them in prior compliance years.

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Dakota Pipeline opponents urge environment focus in NEPA lawsuit

Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) are urging a federal court to focus primarily on environmental issues in determining whether the pipeline should be shut down.

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EPA poised to publish CSAPR rule, starting lawsuit clock

Publication of the revised Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) in the Federal Register will start a 60-day clock for critics to file legal challenges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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D.C. Circuit Rejects DAPL’s Bid To Rehear Pipeline NEPA Analysis Ruling

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied Dakota Access Pipeline’s (DAPL) request to reconsider its ruling requiring the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a detailed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis for the controversial project, leaving the door open for a district court to halt the pipeline.

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EPA Reverses Air Policy Waiver For Decommissioning Offshore Oil Rigs

Acting EPA air chief Joe Goffman is reversing a Trump-era decision that gave oil company Chevron USA a waiver from Clean Air Act regulations during the decommissioning of two offshore oil drilling platforms off the California coast, with Goffman saying EPA needs to examine emissions more closely from equipment used in the effort.

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Judge finds Title V air permit suits not subject to statute of limitations

A Colorado federal district court judge has rejected arguments that litigation over alleged Clean Air Act Title V operating permit violations is subject to the general five-year statute of limitations.

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