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EPA Eyes Oil & Gas Sector Relief With CTGs Withdrawal, NSPS Revisions

EPA is proposing several steps to grant regulatory relief to the oil and gas sector, withdrawing Obama-era control techniques guidelines (CTGs) for how existing drilling operations can reduce ozone-forming emissions and methane as a co-benefit, and finalizing a rule making “narrow” revisions to a methane rule for new drilling operations.

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Valero challenges EPA's 2018 RFS 'obligation point'

The refiner and biofuel producer will use litigation over EPA's 2018 renewable fuel standard to seek a shift in the program's “obligation point” compliance mandate.

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Auto Suppliers Launch New Coalition To Push For Single Vehicle GHG Rule

A group of vehicle equipment suppliers is launching a new coalition to support a single national vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rule due to concerns that the Trump administration will depart from California standards when it proposes potentially major overhauls of federal rules in the coming weeks, disrupting the market.

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After Years Of Work, Pruitt Plan To Replace CPP Sparks Major New Fissures

Comments on the Trump EPA's plan to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) utility greenhouse gas rule reveal fissures -- including among like-minded groups -- on nearly every issue, underscoring that Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to reconsider the rule puts the agency back at square one despite years of work by the Obama EPA.

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States Oppose Industry, Union Calls For NSR Changes In CPP Replacement

A group of state air regulators is pushing back against calls from some in the power sector and labor unions for EPA to offer exemptions from new source review (NSR) air permitting requirements for coal-fired plants that install efficiency upgrades to comply with a potential replacement of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP).

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Trump Seeks Biofuels Sector's Input After RFS Reform Meeting Impasse

President Donald Trump is planning a March 1 meeting with biofuels industry groups to hear ideas for how to reform EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS), after a Feb. 27 meeting between Trump, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and several senators hit an impasse with no sign of a potential deal.

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Environmentalists seek to halt West Virginia pipeline

Environmentalists say a natural gas pipeline project in West Virginia lacks the necessary Clean Water Act certification to proceed.

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Environmentalists Counter EPA Defense Of 'Legacy' Limits In Utility ELG

Environmentalists suing in a bid to strengthen EPA's 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) utility effluent rule say the agency failed to justify leaving in place decades-old standards for some forms of wastewater, arguing that EPA's claim of inadequate data on those waste streams was a “problem of EPA’s own making” and cannot justify lax standards.

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Pruitt, Cornyn Float RFS Reform Proposals To Meet Trump's Call For Deal

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) are pursuing separate proposals for how to reform the renewable fuel standard (RFS) as President Donald Trump seeks a deal on overhauling the program, with Pruitt pushing short-term administrative measures while Cornyn weighs long-term legislative steps to revise the RFS, sources say.

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Key Democrat Readying Carbon Trading Legislation Ahead Of Midterms

A top Democrat on the House energy committee is writing new legislation to create a federal greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system, the first such organized legislative effort since the early days of the Obama administration, and is poised to receive feedback on the issue from scores of stakeholder groups by next week.

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