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Senators seek answers from Pruitt on methane rule enforcement

The senators say EPA's case-by-case enforcement of its methane NSPS flouts its long-standing policy requiring officials to provide “well reasoned justifications” for choosing not to enforce rules.

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New York, Sierra Club Fault FERC Pipeline Reviews Over Downstream GHGs

New York officials and environmentalists are strongly criticizing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for failing to consider the downstream greenhouse gas impacts of natural gas infrastructure, charging that a first-of-its-kind appellate court ruling means the commission must analyze such emissions for most fossil fuel projects.

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Electric utilities urge high court to hear NSR suit

“NSR simply cannot be triggered without an actual increase in emissions” under the Clean Air Act, the groups say.

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Early Comments Focus On Cellulosic Levels In EPA's 2018 RFS Volumes Plan

Supporters and detractors of EPA's proposed rule setting volumes under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) for 2018 have filed dueling comments on the issue, with many focusing on the agency's proposal to reduce the volume of low-carbon cellulosic biofuels that must be blended into the nation's fuel supply.

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Texas, utility push 5th Circuit as venue for SO2 designations suit

Texas and Luminant say the 5th Circuit's finding that a dispute on SO2 NAAQS designations in the state must be held in that court is definitive.

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Waxman favors vehicle rules over ethanol for curbing GHGs

A better mechanism to reduce GHGs than corn ethanol would be to force automakers “to meet their commitments to rapidly increase fuel efficiency” as agreed under a sweeping deal between auto companies and the Obama administration, the former Democratic lawmaker says.

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EPA Broadens Harvey Fuel Waivers, Providing Limited Support For E15 Call

EPA has expanded the scope of its emergency clean fuel waivers to address the impacts of Hurricane Harvey by temporarily waiving requirements for reformulated and low volatility gasoline in the southeast and Mid-Atlantic, a move the renewable fuel sector says grants in part its request for a broader waiver that would allow for the sale of higher-volume ethanol blends.

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ExxonMobil appeals $20 million citizen suit penalty

Environmentalists say the district court ruling imposing a massive penalty for Exxon's alleged Clean Air Act violations is an important test of Clean Air Act citizen suits.

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Small Fuel Retailers' Lawsuit Seeks To Change EPA RFS 'Obligation' Point

Small fuel retailers are suing EPA in a bid to force a change to the renewable fuel standard's (RFS) “point of obligation” compliance duty from refiners and fuel importers to blenders or others, ahead of the agency's expected rejection of petitions seeking the change -- a decision said to have spurred presidential adviser Carl Icahn to quit that position.

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EPA sends final utility ELG delay rule for OMB review

The rule is likely to face challenges as environmentalists are already suing over a related preliminary action that had the same effect of delaying the underlying rule.

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