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RFS proponents, critics spar over EPA data notice

Biofuels groups are calling on EPA to boost renewable fuel standard production targets for their fuels, while oil industry groups are urging the agency to lower the goals.

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EPA poised to issue new measures delaying methane rules

EPA's latest efforts to delay the oil and gas rules are likely to face stiff legal challenges from critics, who say the new delays face the same “legal defects” as EPA's earlier failed efforts to delay the rules.

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EPA Says Court Must Avoid Ruling On Legality Of 'Moot' ELG Deadline Stay

EPA is calling on a federal district court to end litigation over its now-withdrawn “interim” stay of compliance deadlines in a 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent rule for power plants, saying there are no grounds to review the Trump administration's broader authority to stay rules when “justice so requires” now that the delay has been replaced by a separate rule.

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Pruitt Rejects Conservatives' Call To Review GHG Finding In CPP Notice

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says the agency does not plan to take comment on the Obama administration's greenhouse gas endangerment finding as part of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) for how to replace the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a move likely to disappoint conservatives who have sought an assault on the finding to forestall any future GHG rules.

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Suit Over RFS Marks First Of Many Tests For Pruitt's Sue-And-Settle Policy

The Sierra Club Oct. 19 filed a suit alleging that EPA has failed to conduct required environmental impact and air quality reviews for its Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS), litigation that will likely mark the first of many tests for Administrator Scott Pruitt's new policy limiting the use of settlements in such cases.

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Ernst calls Pruitt's RFS pledge 'the clincher,' paving way for nominee's vote

The Iowa Republican's comments appear likely to pave the way for a vote next week on the Trump administration's pick to lead EPA's air office.

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Biofuels Sector Faults Pruitt's Pledge On RFS, Raising Doubts On Nominee

A biofuels industry source says EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's written pledge against cutting biofuels production targets below those in the agency's proposed 2018 renewable fuel standard (RFS) fails to address the sector's fears about cuts to the RFS, raising doubts about the prospect that a Trump nominee to EPA, whose confirmation has stalled over the issue, will advance.

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Refiners Warn 'Hostage Taking' Over RFS Could Undermine Trump Agenda

Refining industry sources are warning that continued efforts by corn-state senators to delay the confirmation of William Wehrum, EPA's air chief nominee, as a way to force Administrator Scott Pruitt to drop plans to scale back the renewable fuel standard (RFS) may lead their supporters to delay other Trump administration nominees which would undermine the administration's agenda.

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California Sees Grid Plan Filling GHG Reduction Void From Repeal Of CPP

California's top air official Mary Nichols says Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) controversial proposal to create an expanded Western electricity would allow states to work together to de-carbonize the power system and fill a void created by the Trump administration's proposed repeal of EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP) utility greenhouse gas rule.

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Iowa governor fails to secure Trump pledge on RFS

Iowa's GOP governor failed to secure a pledge from Trump or Pruitt not to cut RFS biofuel blending targets, leaving the fate of stalled EPA nominees unresolved.

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