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As Suit Resumes, Environmentalists Defend Obama BLM Methane Rules

A coalition of 16 environmental groups and two Democratic-led states are defending the Obama Interior Department’s (DOI) methane “waste” rule for oil and gas facilities on public land, while also criticizing the Trump administration’s “post hoc” legal arguments it floated when formally dropping its defense of the policy.

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‘Clean’ utilities, 20 states outline legal defenses for MATS

Utilities that rely on less-polluting power sources such as renewable energy, and 20 mostly Democratic-led states are outlining legal defenses for EPA’s mercury and air toxics standards for power plants.

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EPA poised to publish ‘Part A’ coal ash rule, starting clock for suits

Environmentalists have already vowed to sue over EPA’s latest coal ash rule, which sets new closure deadlines for many ash disposal sites including those that lack protective “composite” liners.

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EPA Shields ACE From GHG ‘Endangerment’ Attack Due To Methane Rule

EPA is aiming to shield its utility climate rules from coal companies’ claim that courts must scrap the policies because of the agency’s legal determination in its just-finalized rollback of Obama-era oil and gas greenhouse gas standards that the drilling sector’s GHGs have not been shown to “significantly” endanger public welfare.

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Wheeler Blames COVID-19 Disruption Of Fuels Market For 2021 RFS Delay

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is blaming major disruption to the transportation fuels market caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors for the agency’s delay in proposing its 2021 renewable fuel standard (RFS), with uncertainty about whether EPA will meet a Nov. 30 deadline for issuing a final version of the 2021 RFS.

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Small refiners urge Trump to grant RFS compliance waivers

But ethanol groups and Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden are calling on President Donald Trump to reject renewable fuel standard compliance waiver requests.

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EPA faces bipartisan House call to drop methane air rule

A total of 85 House Democrats, joined by a pair of Republicans, are urging EPA to withdraw its just-finalized rollback of methane standards for oil and gas equipment.

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Refining Sector, Biofuels Groups Clash Over EPA’s Approval Of E15 Fuel

A major refining sector group and biofuels advocacy organizations are clashing in legal briefs over EPA’s authority for its final rule authorizing year-round use of 15-percent ethanol fuel (E15), with refiners calling on a federal appeals court to scrap the approval while biofuels groups aim to safeguard it and expand the rule to higher fuel blends.

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New Jersey Lawsuit Aims To End EPA Waiver Of NSR Permit Air Reporting

New Jersey is urging a federal appeals court to force EPA to tighten Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permit emissions reporting requirements for industrial sources, asking judges to scrap a longstanding agency rule that allows permit applicants to avoid reporting if their self-assessed likely pollution falls below a regulatory threshold.

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Early MATS Legal Filings Detail Efforts To Scrap, Tighten Air Toxics Policy

Early legal filings in litigation over EPA’s decision to rescind the cost-benefit finding underpinning the Obama-era mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) for power plants detail a coal mining company’s explicit goal of scrapping the entire emissions rule and a competing bid by environmentalists to force the agency to tighten the air policy.

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