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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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Imminent E15 Waiver May Drop Some EPA RFS Credit Overhaul Changes

EPA is poised for imminent release of its final action allowing summertime sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) ahead of a June 1 self-imposed deadline to authorize the fuel, but the agency might drop parts of a planned companion policy that would overhaul the market for renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance credits, sources say.

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D.C. Circuit Gives EPA, Refiners Partial Win In Lawsuit Over RFS Waivers

Appellate judges are giving EPA and refiners a partial victory in their bid to dismiss biofuels advocates’ lawsuit contesting the agency’s issuance of renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers for small refiners, ruling to reject challenges to EPA’s policy of allowing retroactive waivers but transferring suits over specific waivers to another court.

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Quoted: Wheeler floats oil & gas sub-sector plan to avoid methane limits

The EPA chief says a proposal to avoid direct methane limits for the industry could be released “in the next few months.”

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Wheeler floats oil & gas sub-sector plan to avoid methane limits

The EPA chief says a proposal to avoid direct methane limits for the industry could be released “in the next few months.”

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