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Split Power Sector Signals Broad Openness To EPA's CPP Repeal Plan

Major power sector trade groups are not standing in the way of the Trump EPA's proposal to repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) utility greenhouse gas rule, and some are actively applauding the plan along with several other industry associations even as environmentalists detail legal arguments against the move.

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Wehrum Aids Industry By Raising Bar For 'Aggregation' In NSR Air Permits

EPA air chief William Wehrum is aiding industry groups in their bid to avoid strict Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permits by raising the bar for when emissions sources must be “aggregated,” or combined, and counted as a single source -- one of several policy steps the Trump administration is taking to ease the NSR program.

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EPA gives environmentalists rare partial win in air permit challenge

EPA has granted environmentalists a rare partial victory in their objection to a refinery's Clean Air Act permit, despite the agency setting a higher bar for agreeing to grant permit challenges.

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Refiners ask D.C. Circuit to force EPA review of RFS 'obligation point'

“Faced with Program dysfunction significant enough to require waiver of volume requirements three years running, EPA refused reconsideration for purported fear that change would cause uncertainty,” refiners say.

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As EPA Eases GHG Rules On Biomass, Environmentalists Target Air Permits

The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is stepping up its efforts to strengthen permits for alleged unlawful air emissions from biomass pellet plants, an effort that seeks to limit broader use of biomass just days after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt declared biomass energy to be carbon neutral, which would likely ease regulation of the sector.

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SAB Biomass Panel's Fate Murky After Pruitt's 'Carbon Neutral' Declaration

A long-running panel of EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) that has struggled for years to come up with a framework for determining net carbon dioxide emissions from biomass faces a murky fate after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a policy declaring forest biomass to be carbon neural, seemingly bypassing the panel's work.

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Biofuels association files suit over EPA's RFS waivers

The Advanced Biofuels Association claims that EPA's renewable fuel standard waivers are unlawful, but the refining sector says a lawsuit filed by the group misunderstands the exemptions.

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Environmentalists Preview Broad Legal Fight Over EPA Ash Rule Changes

Environmentalists are previewing a sweeping legal fight if EPA finalizes its proposed changes to the Obama-era Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) coal ash disposal rule, arguing in written comments that the agency has shown little evidence to justify its revisions and that the new requirements are too weak to satisfy RCRA.

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Supreme Court declines to review New York pipeline case

The Supreme Court let stand an appellate ruling upholding New York's denial of a Clean Water Act certification for a proposed pipeline.

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Critics seek IG inquiry into alleged RFS waiver for Icahn refiner

EPA's reported approval of an RFS hardship waiver from biofuel blending mandates for a refiner owned by a former Trump adviser is triggering calls for an Inspector General investigation.

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