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Future Of RFS Reform Unclear After GOP Senators Appear To Block 'Deal'

The future of the Trump administration's plan for short-term changes to EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) is highly uncertain after push-back from two key GOP senators appears to have blocked a tentative RFS reform “deal,” but observers say the administration could yet try to implement some of the deal's most contested provisions.

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Iowa's GOP Senators Say RFS 'Deal' May Prompt Calls For Pruitt To Resign

Iowa's GOP Sens. Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley are suggesting the White House's imminent plan for short-term reforms to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) could prompt calls for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign, if the plan is the “bad deal” they expect that would grant RFS credit for exported biofuel, among other provisions.

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Environmentalists Plan NEPA Suit Over FERC's Narrow GHG Review Policy

Environmentalists are urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to rescind an order rejecting consideration of upstream and downstream greenhouse gas impacts when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews of many natural gas infrastructure projects -- teeing up potential litigation on the issue.

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Biofuels groups seek EPA rule change to compensate for RFS waivers

Biofuels groups are petitioning EPA to reconsider its methods for accounting for renewable fuel standard refiner waivers on biofuel blending volumes.

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EPA proposes to deny Delaware, Maryland interstate ozone petitions

EPA's rejection of five Clean Air Act petitions for regulation of interstate air emissions marks another setback for East Coast states' quest to reduce ozone air pollution.

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Trump orders DOE to subsidize at-risk coal, nuclear plants

The draft plan drew swift condemnation from many sectors, who say the administration lacks authority to subsidize the plants.

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EAB Case Aims To Force Use Of Battery Power Storage As Air Permit BACT

Environmentalists are pursuing an EPA Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) case that aims to force use of battery power storage as a best available control technology (BACT) for Clean Air Act permits, appealing the agency's decision to reject batteries in lieu of natural gas burners for power production as BACT for a utility's air permit.

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Sierra Club's Suit Over Gas Pipeline Tests Corps' CWA Permitting Power

Sierra Club and other environmental groups are urging a federal appeals court to vacate the use of a Clean Water Act (CWA) dredge-and-fill general permit for the construction of a natural gas pipeline in West Virginia, creating a fresh legal test of the Army Corps of Engineers' power to approve the use of CWA general permits.

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EPA, Sierra Club Fail To Reach Deal On Key 'Sue-And-Settle' Test Case

EPA and the Sierra Club have abandoned an effort to settle a suit over the agency's failure to produce congressionally mandated studies on the environmental impacts of the renewable fuel standard (RFS), seeking instead to brief the case in a move that suggests Administrator Scott Pruitt's directive against settling such cases is driving the action.

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Biofuels Groups Target Pruitt's RFS Waivers With Multiple Circuit Lawsuits

Major biofuels groups are targeting EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's issuance of waivers exempting “small” refiners from their renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance obligations with suits in several appellate courts, teeing up a debate over the correct venue for challenges to the waivers that the groups say hurt demand for biofuels.

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