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Automakers, biofuels groups support EPA flexible fuel vehicle ‘factor’

Automakers and biofuels industry groups support keeping the greenhouse gas rating of flexible fuel vehicles unchanged, but environmentalists and others say EPA overstates the vehicles’ benefits.

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BLM To Use New NEPA Rules For ANWR Review Despite Prior DOJ Claims

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to use the White House’s streamlined National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rules for its analysis of a controversial oil exploration project in the Arctic, despite a top Justice Department (DOJ) official earlier telling a court that agencies would not immediately use the new rules.

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Environmentalists sue EPA in bid to force tougher flare standards

“It’s been far too long since EPA updated these industrial flare standards, and EPA is well aware of the problem,” said Adam Kron, senior attorney for the Environmental Integrity Project.

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Settlement ends Kinder Morgan groundwater litigation

The creation of a $1.5 million cleanup fund has ended litigation between environmental groups and the pipeline company that was one of the first applications of a new Supreme Court Clean Water Act precedent.

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Biofuels groups ask court to force EPA disclosure of RFS waiver data

Biofuels advocacy groups are asking a federal district court to force EPA to disclose information on dozens of small refiner renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers granted for previous RFS compliance years.

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California Solar Panel Disposal Rules Face Recycling Uncertainty, Changes

California’s novel universal waste (UW) rules for disposing spent photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which take effect Jan. 1, are raising uncertainty about how fast they may spur new in-state recycling facilities for the hazardous material, while solar industry and other groups are eyeing “cleanup legislation” to relax some of the new requirements.

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EPA, free-market groups spar over standing in ACE suit

One appellate judge had questioned whether free-market groups have standing to challenge EPA’s rule, though the group’s say a recent court ruling in a separate case bolsters their position.

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D.C. Circuit Rejects Stay Bid For EPA’s Oil & Gas Methane Rollback Rule

An appellate court is rejecting a request by Democratic-led states and environmentalists to stay EPA’s rule scrapping methane controls for new oil and gas facilities, though the court is also setting a quick pace for the litigation as petitioners had requested.

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House Democrats attack EPA’s revisions to power plant ELG

Top Democrats on the House transportation panel say EPA’s loosening of power plant wastewater standards ignores a 2019 court ruling and are demanding details on its implementation.

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BLM’s ANWR oil plan among first projects moved under NEPA overhaul

The Bureau of Land Management is advancing a seismic oil exploration plan in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the first projects that is moving under streamlined National Environmental Policy Act rules.

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