Major ethanol industry groups are urging EPA to take additional steps to promote the fuel as part of its proposed rule to “enhance” the market for fuels that qualify for sale under the agency's renewable fuel standard (RFS), warning that some parts of the plan could have the unintended consequence of creating new barriers to ethanol sales.
Ethanol and oil industry groups are both backing EPA's proposal to reject a request from some refiners to shift the renewable fuel standard “point of obligation” compliance mandate from refiners and importers of fuel to companies that blend renewable fuels into transportation fuel, a rare unified position between the competing sectors.
Newly released emails from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's time as Oklahoma attorney general (AG) show several examples where he or top officials in his office coordinated with fossil fuel groups to target EPA's climate and air regulations, bolstering critics' claims that the new administrator is too close with industry.
West Virginia Attorney General (AG) Patrick Morrisey (R), one of the most ardent critics of EPA's power plant greenhouse gas rules, hopes that an executive order President Donald Trump is slated to sign will seek a broad rollback of the agency's rules for both new and existing sources, suggesting some uncertainty about the scope of the order.
As a federal appellate court prepares to rule on the legality of EPA's power plant greenhouse gas rule, supporters and critics say that how the court rules -- assuming it upholds the regulation -- could inform or affect the Trump administration's options for undoing or weakening the measure in a new rulemaking.
A federal district judge has ordered EPA to act on West Virginia's failure to craft cleanup plans for waters with high conductivity, a measure of ionic pollution associated with coal mining and other activities, creating a test for the Trump administration to either impose federal plans or invite another suit that the judge has signaled would certainly succeed.
Observers are questioning the effectiveness of recent Trump administration executive orders aimed at speeding permitting of infrastructure and pipeline projects, including one aimed at “high-priority” infrastructure that appears to break little new ground beyond bipartisan permit reforms already in law.
The Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) is reiterating arguments made by the Obama administration to defend EPA's multi-year renewable fuel standard (RFS) issued in litigation over the rule, citing agency discretion to fight claims from the oil sector that the RFS volumes targets are too high and from renewable fuel groups that they are too low.
Several fuel groups are suing EPA over the Obama administration's 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) targets while Democratic senators are querying President Donald Trump over the influence that his billionaire supporter and White House advisor Carl Icahn might have over the program, highlighting lingering uncertainty over the future of the RFS.