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EPA urges D.C. Circuit to reject requests to pause ACE litigation

The agency says that pausing the litigation until it finishes a related rule on new source review requirements “would delay resolution of this case a half year or more.”

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EPA’s RFS Boost Prompts Tough Questions Over Future Of Fuels Program

The Trump administration’s plan to boost biofuel blending targets under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) to compensate for small refiner RFS waivers is prompting tough questions about the future of the program, because the hike appears to be a long-term commitment that will constrain RFS policy changes under consideration.

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EPA Unveils Trump Plan To Hike RFS Targets To Compensate For Waivers

EPA is moving to boost renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending targets to compensate for dozens of RFS compliance waivers issued by the agency to small refiners, part of President Donald Trump’s promised “giant package” of aid to farmers and biofuel producers who claim the waivers damage their livelihoods.

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Ameren quickly appeals NSR remedy ruling to 8th Circuit

The power company is also seeking a stay of the federal district court judge’s ruling imposing emissions reduction requirements on a Missouri coal-fired plant pending its appeal.

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States Urge High Court To Address ‘Adverse Effects’ Of CWA 401 Decision

A bipartisan coalition of states is urging the Supreme Court to take up a petition from environmentalists to review an appellate decision limiting states’ ability to review Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 water quality certification requests, arguing the ruling’s “incorrect interpretation . . . threatens to have far-reaching, adverse effects for States.”

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D.C. Circuit Vacates CSAPR ‘Close-Out,’ Sets Rehearing Petition Deadline

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has vacated EPA’s rule “closing-out” the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program and set a tight deadline for rehearing petitions, adding further confusion to the agency’s interstate air policy following a separate court defeat over an earlier version of CSAPR.

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Ameren Ordered To Install Scrubbers In Long-Pending NSR Suit, Vows Appeal

A federal district judge is ordering the Missouri-based utility Ameren to install scrubbers to capture sulfur dioxide (SO2) at its Rush Island coal plant among other remedy requirements in a just-issued judgment in a long-running, high-profile EPA new source review (NSR) enforcement case.

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NREL Readies Survey On Efforts To Overcome Solar Panel Recycling Hurdles

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) plans this fall to release a survey of policies and voluntary initiatives that states, industry and other stakeholders are pursuing to overcome the hurdles for recycling solar power panels, as states grapple with various challenges including applying EPA’s standard waste toxicity test to the panels.

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RFS Small Business Review Serves As Proxy For Wider Battles Over Program

EPA’s ongoing review of the impacts on small businesses of its renewable fuel standard (RFS) is serving as a proxy for wider battles over the biofuels program, with refiners and ethanol proponents using their input on the review to advance competing arguments over broader RFS issues including whether the program should continue.

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Refiners file more suits over EPA’s RFS waiver denials

Refiners are challenging EPA’s denial of their applications for RFS small refiner hardship waivers in both regional and national appellate courts.

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