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EPA vows to meet Nov. 30 deadline for final 2020 RFS

An EPA air official is downplaying the potential that the Trump administration’s plans to boost biofuels targets in the final 2020 renewable fuel standard will delay release of the rule beyond Nov. 30.

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EPA sends final NSR ‘adjacency’ guidance for OMB review

EPA’s final guidance will likely enable industry sources to more easily avoid tougher Clean Air Act permit conditions, based on the details of a 2018 draft version of the document.

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Midwestern governors ask Trump for more steps to boost biofuel sales

The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, representing 22 states, says President Donald Trump’s planned boost for biofuels does not go far enough and is seeking additional steps to promote the fuels.

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States say CSAPR rulings invalidate EPA ozone petition denials

East Coast states say that the D.C. Circuit must vacate EPA’s denial of their petitions for direct regulation of upwind ozone, based on its recent rulings in two key interstate pollution cases.

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States, Environmentalists Intervene To Protect EPA Air Law GHG Authority

States and environmental groups challenging EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule as too weak are also seeking to intervene on EPA’s behalf to defend the agency’s underlying authority to regulate power sector GHGs, asking an appellate court to allow them to weigh in on that specific issue.

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Environmentalists Step Up Legal Pressure For EPA Species Review Of RFS

Environmentalists are stepping up legal pressure on EPA over its failure to conduct a broad review of the potential impacts to endangered species from its renewable fuel standard (RFS), raising the claim in litigation over the 2019 RFS even as the agency grapples with a court remand demanding it address the lack of a review for the 2018 RFS.

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Refiner Rejects EPA’s Claim Of ‘National’ Scope For RFS Hardship Waiver

Small refiner Sinclair Wyoming Refining is fighting to keep its challenge to EPA’s denial of a renewable fuel standard (RFS) economic hardship waiver in regional appellate court, as the agency seeks to dismiss the case and hear challenges to RFS waivers as “national” actions in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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EPA sends final MATS rule rollback for OMB review

The agency is predicting November issuance of its final rule that is expected to undo the legal basis for the Obama-era mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) for power plants.

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Environmentalists, Industry Groups Detail Opposition To ACE Climate Rule

Environmental groups are for the first time outlining the issues they intend to raise in their litigation challenging EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule addressing power plant greenhouse gas emissions and its simultaneous repeal of the much more stringent Clean Power Plan (CPP) that ACE replaces.

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Administration Pursues Narrow NEPA GHG Reviews In Fossil Leasing Suits

The Trump administration is continuing to pursue its narrow approach to considering climate change in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, defending the strategy in courts even as it has been ordered to consider broader, cumulative climate effects of its fossil fuel lease approvals.

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