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SAB Plans To Seek Review Of Major Trump EPA Deregulatory Measures

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) has formally decided to seek review of several major deregulatory measures listed in the agency’s Spring regulatory agenda, suggesting continuing scrutiny of the pending proposals either before or after they go final.

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Biden Climate Plan Signals Bid For Support Across Political Spectrum

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s climate platform signals an effort to achieve broad support for his 2020 presidential bid by endorsing technologies backed by key unions, adopting a tough line against China to woo Trump voters, and touting his experience by embracing and pledging to “go well beyond” Obama-era policies.

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Facing Opposition, EPA Moves Quickly On CWA Section 401 Guide

EPA has sent for White House review its contentious guidance expected to narrow states’ authority to reject or modify federal Clean Water Act (CWA) permits under the law’s section 401, teeing up release of the new guide by the president’s June 8 deadline and a likely legal challenge from states that oppose any new curbs on their authority.

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D.C. Circuit Upholds FERC Pipeline Order But Doubts Its Climate Claims

A federal court has dismissed a suit over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of a closely watched natural gas project on procedural grounds, but the court rejected many of FERC’s substantive arguments for avoiding a broad climate change analysis and may provide a roadmap for future litigation.

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GAO report raises doubts on RFS’ environmental, economic benefits

The Government Accountability Office’s findings add to debate over the future of the RFS, with oil industry groups calling for its reform or repeal while biofuels groups are strongly defending the program.

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E15 Waiver Poses Major Risks For Biofuels Makers Despite Apparent Win

Biofuels producers are welcoming EPA’s waiver allowing year-round sales of 15-percent ethanol (E15) but they face major risks from the decision if the waiver fails to deliver large boosts in ethanol sales, is struck down by a court, or is undermined by EPA’s exemption of refiners from renewable fuel standard (RFS) obligations.

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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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