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5th Circuit Dismisses CWA Drilling Permit Suit Over Lack Of Standing

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has dismissed environmentalists’ challenge to a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for offshore oil and gas activities in the western Gulf of Mexico for lack of standing, an outcome that seemed all but certain given the questions judges raised at oral argument in April.

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Trump Vows ‘Giant Package’ To Boost Ethanol But Refiners Fight RFS Hike

President Donald Trump is vowing to release a “giant package” of policies to boost ethanol in response to criticism from corn farmers that EPA’s slew of renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers is hurting the industry, but refiners are defending the need for the waivers and urging the president against boosting RFS biofuels blending goals.

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EPA Plan Would Prevent Methane Limits For Existing Oil & Gas Sources

EPA’s just-issued proposal to scuttle Obama-era methane controls for new and modified oil and gas facilities argues that such standards are “redundant” because existing limits on volatile organic compounds (VOCs), an ozone precursor, also have the indirect effect of limiting methane.

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EPA Proposes To Drop Direct Methane Rules For Oil & Gas Sector

The Trump EPA is proposing to drop direct methane regulations for new sources in the oil and gas sector, reverting to a prior approach that relies on controlling smog-forming emissions and would also captures methane as a co-benefit.

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EPA Expected To Make Aggressive Push To Drop Oil & Gas Methane Rules

Despite public critiques from the world’s largest oil and gas producers, many observers expect EPA to make an aggressive push to finalize its looming proposal to upend or eliminate the Obama administration’s direct methane rules for drilling equipment -- driven in part by a goal of precluding efforts by a future Congress to block it.

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5th Circuit Backs Broad EPA Power To Revise, Significantly Delay ELGs

A federal appeals court has upheld EPA’s authority to delay until 2020 or beyond the compliance deadlines for two provisions in a 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent regulation, holding that the agency has broad authority to revise existing water policies and opening the door to setting decades-long deadlines for other sectors’ effluent rules.

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EPA Urges D.C. Circuit To Expedite Lawsuits Over ACE Utility GHG Rule

EPA is urging appellate judges to expedite their consideration of a host of suits challenging its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) utility greenhouse gas rule that replaces the broader Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), with the agency hoping to resolve its initial legal defense of the rule before President Donald Trump’s first term ends.

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Trump Concessions Exacerbate Uncertainty Over EPA’s Biofuels Policy

Biofuel and oil industry officials are scrambling to resolve uncertainty over EPA’s biofuels policy stemming from possible new concessions by President Donald Trump, including a hike in future renewable fuel standard (RFS) blending requirements, to help blunt political attacks on RFS waivers that he authorized.

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PEER Petitions EPA To Phase Out Refiners’ Use Of Hydrogen Fluoride

A government watchdog group is petitioning EPA to phase out the use of hydrogen fluoride (HF) at oil refining facilities under its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and Clean Air Act (CAA) authorities, the latest in a series of actions to curb the use of the highly corrosive substance following several “near miss” incidents.

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Wyoming Lawmakers Suggest Appeal Of Landmark NEPA GHG Ruling

Wyoming’s congressional delegation is suggesting the Trump administration may need to appeal a landmark district court ruling that temporarily blocked oil and gas leasing in the state until officials completed a robust National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review of the proposed projects’ greenhouse gas impacts.

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