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Governors’ Biofuels Coalition Urges Biden To Boost Ethanol, Support RFS

The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition of 22 states is urging President Joe Biden to pursue several policies that the group argues are essential for boosting the biofuels industry, including issuing overdue EPA renewable fuel standard (RFS) targets for 2021, denying refiners’ requests for RFS compliance waivers, and other measures.

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Trump TSCA Advisory Might Impede Development Of Renewable Fuels

A Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) compliance advisory that the Trump EPA issued in December might impede the development and marketing of some renewable fuels and fuel additives if those fuels have not already been registered on the TSCA inventory of chemicals, according to lawyers tracking the issue.

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CBD threatens suit over missing oil, gas measures for ozone plans

Environmentalists’ suit aims to add pressure on the Biden administration to shift energy production away from fracking while also curbing the oil and gas sector’s ozone-forming emissions.

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EPA Asks D.C. Circuit To Halt 2020 RFS Suit Over Challengers’ Objections

EPA is asking a federal appeals court to halt litigation over its renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending targets for 2020 pending the resolution of a Supreme Court case over EPA’s policy on RFS compliance waivers for small refineries, but renewable fuels groups and refiners challenging the rule say they oppose delaying the suit.

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Refiners, Biofuels Groups Clash Over EPA Plan To Delay RFS Compliance

Refiners and biofuels groups are fighting over the Trump EPA’s proposal to delay renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance deadlines, with refining groups backing the move and urging the Biden administration to finalize it but biofuels groups condemning it as an 11th-hour effort by the Trump administration to “undermine” the RFS.

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‘Plantwide’ Refinery Air Permit Spurs Dueling EPA Appeals Board Cases

A Trump EPA-issued air permit for an oil refiner based in the U.S. Virgin Islands is spurring dueling cases before the agency’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB), with the company seeking to scrap a novel environmental justice emissions monitoring mandate while environmentalists pursue a challenge claiming the permit is too weak.

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In Loss For Biofuels Sector, District Court Rejects RFS Waiver FOIA Suit

A federal district court has dealt biofuels supporters a loss by largely rejecting their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit seeking information on refiners that receive EPA renewable fuel standard (RFS) economic hardship compliance waivers, a decision that will make it harder for biofuels groups to challenge future RFS waivers.

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Pro-Biofuels Senators Urge EPA To Reject RFS Compliance Exemptions

Democratic and GOP senators from biofuels-producing states are urging EPA to reject several dozen pending requests from refiners for renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers, citing a federal appeals court ruling they say justifies a strict threshold for granting such exemptions as they seek to defend the future of the RFS.

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Manchin joins Senate GOP in support for Trump WOTUS rule

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined the 50 Republican senators to approve a budget resolution amendment signaling support for the Trump administration’s definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS).

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D.C. Circuit delays suit over EPA E15 fuel approval until April

Postponing oral argument in the case gives the Biden administration additional time to review its position on the Trump EPA’s rule authorizing year-round sales of 15-percent ethanol fuel.

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