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Biofuels Groups File First Suit On 2020 RFS, Revive Blending Formula Case

Biogas producers seeking credit for their fuel as a compliance option for EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) have filed what appears to be the first of several expected lawsuits over the agency’s 2020 RFS fuel production goals, while a broader group of biofuels makers is reviving a separate legal fight over EPA’s biofuels blending formula.

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Sweeping Federal Water Reuse Action Plan ‘Institutionalizes’ Effort At EPA

EPA and other federal agencies have unveiled a wide-ranging plan to encourage water reuse in a variety of sectors through partnerships with states, local governments and industry, marking the “beginning of institutionalizing water reuse at EPA” in the Office of Water (OW), according to agency water chief David Ross.

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Likely EPA Move To Restrict Refiner Waivers Raises Doubts Over 2020 RFS

A likely move by EPA to dramatically restrict the number of economic hardship waivers it grants to small refiners from having to comply with renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuels production targets raises serious doubts over the fate of the program’s 2020 fuel goals, sources say, as the move could undermine the basis for the 2020 RFS.

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Senators release bipartisan clean energy R&D bill

The legislation aims to boost R&D efforts for a suite of low-carbon technologies, despite continuing divisions on climate policy that would directly cut carbon emissions.

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House Hearing Highlights Lawmakers’ Continuing Divisions On Climate

A House committee hearing is showcasing the continued political divisions on how and whether to address climate change, with Republicans slamming a Democratic measure to slash greenhouse gas emissions on public lands while touting a plan to encourage tree planting and wood harvesting as an alternative.

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Grijalva Seeks Documents Showing ‘Excessive’ Industry Role In NEPA Plan

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) is demanding that the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) provide documentation of communications it had with oil companies in developing its controversial proposal to scale back how agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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BPC Sides With Industry On NEPA Rule To Boost Clean Energy Projects

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a group that agrees with environmentalists on the need to address climate change, is nonetheless siding with industry in support of the Trump administration’s controversial proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), arguing reform is needed to spur clean energy projects.

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Opponents of 2019 RFS cite EPA contradictions in bid to scrap rule

Biofuels groups, environmentalists and refiners are sparring in appellate litigation over EPA’s 2019 renewable fuel standard rule, ahead of oral argument scheduled for May.

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EPA’s MATS Rollback Stalls At OMB Over Cost-Benefit Confusion, Opposition

EPA has been unable to finalize potentially threshold changes underlying the cost-benefit analysis of its Mercury & Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule because regulatory reviewers at the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) do not understand the measure’s broader goals, which is to narrow how benefits are calculated.

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EPA touts 2019 utility emissions cuts while rolling back air rules

The Trump administration is taking credit for recent cuts in air pollution from power plants even as it seeks to roll back Obama EPA regulations limiting such emissions.

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