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Groups Spar Over E15 Fuel As EPA, Congress Consider Lifting Restriction

Ethanol industry groups and their oil sector opponents are clashing over a biofuels industry push to lift summertime restrictions on sales of 15 percent ethanol (E15) fuel, as EPA considers the legality of the move and the Senate's Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) debated the question at a June 14 hearing.

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Utility Group Suggests CPP Replacement Plan As EPA Advances Rollback

Even before EPA decides whether or how to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), a coalition of 13 electric utilities that serve 25 states is pitching a replacement to the power plant greenhouse gas rule, with an attorney representing the group describing the plan as a more flexible and effective alternative than the rule EPA is poised to repeal.

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Trump EPA Defends Obama-Era Policy Finding NSR Violations 'Ongoing'

The Trump EPA and Department of Justice (DOJ) are defending an Obama-era enforcement policy that finds alleged Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permit violations are “ongoing” and therefore not subject to the statute of limitations, fighting a power company's claim that a pending NSR case is time-barred.

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Oil Sector, Biofuels Groups Stake Out Competing Goals For Reform Of RFS

Oil sector and biofuels groups are staking out competing goals for how they want EPA to reform the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program that sets annual targets for blending of renewable and alternative fuels, though debate lingers over whether the agency can achieve the changes through administrative means or if legislation is necessary.

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Senate Democrats Defend Air Law's Jobs Benefits Against Trump Attacks

Senate Democrats are defending the Clean Air Act's economic and job creation benefits against attacks from the Trump administration that claim Obama-era rules crafted under the law have caused unemployment and hurt the economy, with the senators saying the law has been and remains crucial to a successful economy.

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Environmentalists Challenge Methane NSPS Delay In First Test To EPA Rollback

Environmentalists are asking a federal appellate court to block EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's administrative stay of several requirements from the Obama-era methane standards for new oil and gas sources -- a suit that marks the first legal test of a Trump EPA action to roll back or revise greenhouse gas regulations.

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Court's Exxon air ruling shows citizen suit focus in Trump era

An environmentalist says the ruling imposing a roughly $20 million fine on ExxonMobil for Clean Air Act violations indicates a growing effort to pursue air law similar citizen suits.

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Ethanol sector urges end to EPA summer limits on E15

Ethanol group Growth Energy wants EPA to end Reid Vapor Pressure rules that limit the sales of 15-percent ethanol during the summer.

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White House releases energy lobbyist Catanzaro's ethics waiver

The waiver allows White House energy adviser Michael Catanzaro to work on high-profile EPA policies, even though Trump's ethics pledge generally bars such activities if people recently lobbied on those issues.

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Environmentalists To Challenge Delay, Reconsideration Of Methane NSPS

EPA is formally staying several portions of the Obama-era methane rule for new oil and gas drilling equipment while it reconsiders those provisions, an action that drew an immediate litigation threat from several environmental groups that argue the issues identified by the agency do not meet the statutory test for reconsideration.

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