EPA is signaling that it will ask an appeals court to at least extend the deadline a district judge set for a sweeping review of how its Clean Air Act rules have affected power sector employment -- the first indication that the Trump administration will continue litigating the case despite environmentalists' concerns that it would reverse course.
State environment regulators are urging the White House to lift a regulatory halt barring the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing its Clean Water Act (CWA) nationwide permits (NWPs), saying that ongoing infrastructure projects such as pipeline construction face regulatory “confusion” from the prohibition.
Environmentalists and states that support EPA's utility air toxics rule are fighting a request from the power sector and other states to delay briefing in litigation over the agency's cost review for the regulation, rejecting the claim that the transition to the Trump administration warrants the delay to allow time for potential new settlement talks.
Refiner Valero Energy is suing EPA in federal district court in Texas eyeing an alternate way to force the agency to shift the renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance mandate, or “point of obligation,” from fuel refiners and importers to blenders, saying EPA has failed to meet a Clean Air Act mandate to ensure the duty is “appropriate.”
Groups suing EPA over the Obama administration's multi-year renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes rule are ramping up their legal attacks in new briefs, with refiners doubling down on their claim that its compliance mechanism is flawed while ethanol groups argue the agency should have set more ambitious fuel production targets.
The Trump EPA is expected to soon begin weighing options for targeting the agency's power plant greenhouse gas rule, with sources saying the administration faces a dilemma in deciding whether to scrap the rule by reversing the agency's current interpretation of the so-called “112 exclusion,” or to retain the rule but significantly weaken its requirements.
A coalition of states is seeking to intervene in consolidated litigation brought by a separate coalition of states and industry groups over EPA's denial of administrative petitions to reconsider various aspects of its greenhouse gas standards for existing power plants, litigation that could allow the Trump administration to overturn key parts of the rule should it be upheld.