Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), chair of the House energy panel's environment subcommittee, says it would be a “heavy lift” for Congress to advance sweeping reform of EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) due to divisions among fuel groups over how to proceed, including growing splits between major oil groups and within the ethanol industry.
Several states and utilities are defending what they say is their legal right to cite participation in EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program to satisfy pollution control mandates in the agency's regional haze rule, rejecting environmentalists' claims that trading does not guarantee necessary emissions cuts.
Major ethanol sector groups are split over a potential executive order (EO) from President Donald Trump that could shift the “point of obligation” compliance mandate under EPA's renewable fuel standard from refiners and importers to fuel blenders and others, creating a fresh obstacle for the effort that has divided two large oil industry organizations.
A Michigan utility is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit to reconsider a ruling upholding EPA's view that it can pursue Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) cases based on a facility's projected emissions, which the utility says was wrongly decided and is of “exceptional” importance to the future scope of enforcing NSR.
The appellate court could potentially issue a ruling on EPA's appeal of a case over its mandate to review the employment impacts of its Clean Air Act rules before the legal deadline for completing the review.
Oil sector divisions are widening over whether EPA should retain or change the “point of obligation” compliance mandate under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners and importers to fuel blenders, and a split among top Trump administration officials over the future of the RFS makes it unclear which side EPA will take.
Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent (NOI) threatening to sue EPA over its alleged failure to review the renewable fuel standard's (RFS) environmental impacts, adding to pressure for the agency to undertake new assessments of the program following an oil sector suit trying to force a review of RFS implementing regulations.
Democratic and Republican senators are waging a bipartisan push to preserve the future of EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) amid doubts over President Donald Trump's plan for the program, given his call for reducing regulatory burdens on fuel producers and new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's prior strong attacks on the RFS.