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EPA Sees ‘Win-Win’ But E15 Waiver Appears To Be Loss For Refiners

EPA’s just-issued waiver allowing year-round sales of 15-percent ethanol (E15) drops earlier plans for a major overhaul of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) credit market, a significant loss for refiners that could undermine the Trump administration’s claim of a “win-win” policy for both biofuels producers and merchant refiners.

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E15 Waiver Clears Path For Summer Sales, Punts On RFS Credit Reforms

Biofuels supporters are praising EPA’s final waiver released May 31 that clears the path for summertime sales of previously prohibited 15-percent ethanol fuel (E15) beginning June 1, but the agency is putting on hold proposed major changes to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) credit trading market that it had planned to issue alongside the waiver.

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EPA Rule Easing Fuel Ethanol Limits Projects Little Increase In E15 Use

EPA’s final rule authorizing summertime sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) to help meet renewable fuel standard goals projects very little increase in use of the fuel -- despite the insistence of EPA air chief Bill Wehrum that it will increase E15 sales significantly and mark a big “win” for ethanol producers.

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Flurry of OMB Meetings On ACE Suggests EPA Nearing Final Regulation

The White House regulatory officials are hosting a series of meetings for outside groups to make one last pitch for changes they would like to see in EPA’s forthcoming final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to limit coal power plants’ greenhouse gases, suggesting the final rule could be signed by the end of June as EPA has planned.

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Utility Regulators Split Over Charging Ratepayers For Coal Ash Cleanups

State utility regulators are split over whether to charge ratepayers for coal ash cleanups, with South Carolina’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) issuing a rare ruling that finds ratepayers not responsible while North Carolina’s PUC is forcing customers to pay for a power company’s cleanup costs except for mismanagement penalties.

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Klobuchar opposes EPA’s RFS small refiner waivers

The Minnesota senator and Democratic presidential candidate wants to curb EPA’s issuance of renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers to small refiners.

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EDF Deal May Hamper Any Challenge To Novel EPA Air Trading Plan

EPA is proposing a potentially precedent-setting voluntary emissions trading system for an area in Utah to ease oil and gas extraction permitting, though environmentalists, who say the plan is likely inadequate to curb ozone, may be reluctant to challenge it because of a novel deal they have reached with a local tribe not to challenge a related permit “streamlining” plan.

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Refiner Echoes EPA, D.C. Circuit Arguments With Defense Of RFS Waivers

Merchant refiner HollyFrontier is defending EPA’s policy on issuance of waivers from renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance from an appellate court suit filed by biofuel producers, echoing agency arguments that proved successful in defending the waivers in a related lawsuit recently decided by the same court.

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CEQ Rewrite Of NEPA Implementing Rule May Face Challenging Timeline

The White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) plan to streamline agencies’ requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) may face long delays that threaten hopes to finish the policy in President Donald Trump’s current term, sources say, even though CEQ will submit the plan for inter-agency review next month.

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Environmentalists attack EPA’s defense of MATS startup terms

Environmentalists are challenging provisions in EPA’s mercury and air toxics standards related to boiler startup, saying they allow for excess air pollution from power plants.

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