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D.C. Circuit Backs EPA's Approval Of States Using CSAPR As Haze Control

A federal appeals court in a unanimous ruling is backing the Obama EPA's policy allowing states to rely on their participation in the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program to satisfy regional haze air pollution control mandates, rejecting challenges to the policy from environmentalists and utility industry groups.

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Pruitt's Short-Term RFS Waivers May Relieve Pressure For Credit Price Cap

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to issue waivers for individual refineries from having to meet renewable fuel standard (RFS) mandates, which could reduce the price of RFS compliance credits in the short term and ease oil sector pressure on the agency to cap credit prices, say biofuels sources and a recent economic analysis.

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Pro-Ethanol Lawmakers Call On Trump To Oppose RFS Credit Price Cap

Pro-ethanol lawmakers are calling on President Donald Trump to oppose calls from the oil sector and others for EPA to impose a short-term cap on renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance credit prices, warning that a cap would make it “impossible” to achieve the RFS' goals for production of alternative and renewable fuels.

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Vehicle rule rollbacks could block 'energy dominance'

An associate with the Council on Foreign Relations says Trump administration plans to roll back vehicle rules would drive up domestic oil consumption, undercutting officials' goal of “energy dominance” to boost exports.

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EPA claims suits over interim stay of utility ELG are moot

EPA says environmentalists have offered no good reason to preserve their suit over a now-expired stay of the Obama administration's power plant effluent rule.

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8th Circuit stays implementation of Arkansas SO2 haze plan

A federal appeals court has stayed implementation of a stringent Obama-era haze emissions reduction plan for Arkansas, while the Trump EPA works with the state on a weaker replacement.

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States urged to adopt EPA's groundwater protection standard

A study by a clean energy group finds states' criteria for protecting groundwater from fracking fails to meet EPA standards.

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Environmentalists Say Loss In Key NSR Case May Hinder Deregulatory Bid

Environmentalists critical of EPA's efforts to ease Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) air permitting mandates say a potential loss in an appellate court case where the agency is defending Obama-era positions on enforcing NSR could hinder the deregulatory effort, because an adverse ruling would undermine the justification for it.

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Environmentalists Say NSR Suit Loss Could Hinder EPA's Deregulatory Bid

Environmentalists critical of EPA's efforts to ease Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) air permitting mandates say a potential loss in an appellate court case where the agency is defending Obama-era positions on enforcing NSR could hinder the deregulatory effort, because an adverse ruling would undermine the justification for it.

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Democrats Introduce Bill To Elevate Environmental Debate In RFS Reform

Two Democrats have introduced legislation in Congress to overhaul EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) that they say aims to “inject” environmental concerns into the debate over how to reform the program, but like other RFS reform efforts the bill appears unlikely to gain traction given significant early push-back from the biofuels sector.

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