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States Oppose EPA Plan To Ease Storage Tank Rules For E15 Motor Fuel

States are opposing a Trump EPA proposal to ease underground storage tank (UST) mandates for motor fuel containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) while biofuels advocates are sparring with refiners over a related plan to ease E15 fuel pump labeling, highlighting key issues the Biden EPA will have to resolve if it decides to finalize the actions.

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House Democrats urge Biden to reconsider NWP 12

A group of 28 House Democrats wants the Biden administration to rethink the use of Clean Water Act general permits for oil and gas pipelines, raising specific concerns about a planned pipeline in Tennessee.

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District court judge finds BP violated air limits at Indiana refinery

The ruling by Judge Philp Simon of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana is a win for environmentalists in a long-running Clean Air Act legal fight with BP over its refinery in Whiting, IN.

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Ahead Of Argument, Refiners Criticize EPA ‘Flip-Flop’ In RFS Waivers Case

Refiners are accusing EPA of a “flip-flop” in Supreme Court litigation over an appellate ruling that, if upheld, might significantly curtail the agency’s ability to issue renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers, saying the justices should undo the ruling even though the Biden administration has now decided to expressly support it.

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DOI’s Haaland Pledges More Robust NEPA Climate Reviews, Using SCC

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is scrapping various Trump-era policies intended to streamline National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews and pledging to conduct more fulsome analysis of climate and environmental justice (EJ) issues, including by using the social cost of carbon (SCC) climate damage tool.

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House lawmakers eye potential talks over oil, gas well plugging bill

House Democrats and Republicans during an April 15 hearing signaled an openness to negotiating over legislation that would create a program to plug thousands of orphan oil and gas wells across the country.

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Grassley calls for biofuels aid in Biden infrastructure plan

Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley wants the Biden administration to boost biofuels and not just electric vehicles as a climate mitigation strategy in its $2 trillion infrastructure plan.

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EPA, Illinois reach refinery air enforcement deal with ExxonMobil

As part of the agreement with EPA and Illinois to resolve allegations of Clean Air Act violations, ExxonMobil will have to meet tougher air pollution limits and better monitor for leaks at its Joliet, IL, refinery.

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OTC Weighs NOx Emissions Cuts From Non-Power Plant Sources, Trucks

The Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) of 12 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states is eyeing rules and other efforts to cut ozone-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from sources beyond the utilities OTC typically targets, including waste combustors, industrial boilers and trucks, as member states struggle to attain EPA ozone standards.

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Senate confirms Mallory as Biden CEQ chief

Three Senate Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to approve Brenda Mallory’s nomination to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

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