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Democrats, Other Critics Blast CEQ Proposal To Limit NEPA Reviews

Democratic lawmakers, former EPA officials, a large coalition of environmental groups and states are urging the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to drop its plan to scale back how federal agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), renewing a series of sharp critiques in formal comments on the policy.

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Final Briefs Escalate Fights Over Legality Of 2019 RFS, Refiner Waivers

EPA, refiners, biofuels groups and environmentalists are battling in final legal briefs over the agency’s 2019 renewable fuel standard (RFS), in a suit that tests multiple aspects of the program including its fuel production goals and the agency’s approach to issuing RFS “economic hardship” compliance waivers to small refiners.

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10th Circuit grants EPA’s two-week extension for RFS ruling decision

The extension gives EPA until March 24 to decide whether to contest an appellate ruling placing significant limits on the agency's renewable fuel standard waiver policy.

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Reversing Position, EPA Expected To Appeal Ruling Limiting RFS Waivers

EPA is expected to reverse position and now contest an appellate ruling that significantly limits its ability to issue renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers to small refiners, days after the agency signaled that in lieu of appealing the ruling it would instead apply it nationwide and dramatically reduce the waivers it issues.

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Earthjustice eyes suit, Congress to block imminent MATS rollback

Environmentalists plan to sue EPA to block its rule and also back a Senate energy bill rider that would stop the rollback.

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Exxon outlines ‘model’ rules to curb GHG methane

Oil and gas giant ExxonMobil is floating “model” standards to curb the potent greenhouse gas methane and suggesting that policymakers across the world should adopt the approach, a step that could be viewed as an implicit rebuke to Trump EPA plans to drop direct methane controls for oil and gas drilling.

The company’s March 3 “model regulatory framework” includes standards for upstream oil and gas equipment that applies to both new and existing sources and seeks “meaningful emission reduction outcomes.”

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Nine GOP senators urge Wheeler to appeal adverse RFS waivers ruling

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has until March 9 to decide whether to ask a federal appeals court to rehear a ruling scrapping several small refiner waivers under the renewable fuel standard.

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Timeline For Air Cost-Benefit Rule Slips Toward The End Of 2020

EPA’s timeline for proposing major changes to how it conducts cost-benefit analysis under its Clean Air programs has slipped by about six months, a knowledgeable source says, with the agency now targeting the end of 2020 for a final rule.

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Biogas producers seek to consolidate suits over 2019, 2020 RFS rules

Biogas producers are looking to combine suits challenging the 2019 and 2020 renewable fuel standard (RFS), primarily challenging EPA’s failure to grant RFS credits for electricity made from landfill gas.

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Senate Energy Bill Debate Prompts Calls For Broader Climate Measures

The Senate’s move to begin debating a bipartisan energy package to boost research of various low-carbon technologies is likely to tee up, if not necessarily resolve, demands for additional climate policies including clean energy tax credits, new EPA curbs on hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) and tougher building codes.

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