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Pennsylvania, refiner petition EPA for state-wide RFS waivers

Pennsylvania and refiner Monroe Energy are pressing EPA for a state-wide waiver from RFS blending obligations, as the agency prepares to finalize biofuel blending obligations for 2019.

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States Move Closer On RGGI-Like Plan For Transportation, But Path Unclear

A wide variety of interested groups have reached consensus that a group of 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states should impose a regional carbon price to cut transportation greenhouse gases, which is similar to how the region limits utility emissions through a cap-and-trade program, though the states have not said they are ready to move on the concept.

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Quoted: Early views on EPA's rollback of oil & gas methane standards

Various groups offered their views on the proposal during a Nov. 14 public hearing in Denver, ahead of a Dec. 17 public comment deadline.

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Industry backs Chatterjee's call for EPA to address reliability

Two industry groups are backing the FERC's chairman's concern about reliability risks from the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which the Trump administration is hoping to replace with a narrow policy.

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Clock starts for challenges to NSR aggregation 'action'

EPA's publication in the Federal Register of its decision to revive a Bush-era policy on combining industrial projects for air permitting starts a 60-day clock for legal challenges.

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EPA Decision Could Limit New Mexico's Options To Address Produced Water

EPA and New Mexico have released a draft white paper aimed at facilitating the use of produced water from oil and gas drilling in the state by identifying regulatory or policy gaps, but the state's ability to make any changes outlined in the paper could be limited by EPA's pending decision on how to manage wastewater from onshore oil and gas extraction.

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ACE Comments Spark Contentious Debate Over Legality Of NSR Changes

EPA is facing starkly different interpretations of the legality of its plan to ease the threshold for triggering strict new source review (NSR) air permits for coal plants complying with its proposed utility climate rule, reviving a decades-old debate with pro-coal industry groups backing the changes and environmentalists strongly opposed.

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Environmentalists, Power Sector Wage 11th-Hour Effort To Preserve MATS

Environmentalists and the power sector are waging an 11th-hour effort calling on the White House and EPA to preserve the Obama-era mercury emissions rule for utilities, with environmentalists aiming to keep the rule intact while utilities that have invested millions of dollars to comply want it retained with changes to ease some requirements.

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Keystone Ruling Offers Fresh Rebuke Of Reasoning Behind Trump Rollbacks

The federal court decision rejecting the State Department's environmental review of the Keystone tar sands pipeline has delivered a fresh rebuke of Trump administration's efforts to reverse Obama-era climate and other policies, and could preview or even boost other battles where critics fault the administration for failing to adequately justify policy rollbacks.

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EPA eases oil industry compliance with refinery air rules

EPA is moving to ease industry compliance with its refinery air regulations, touting benefits to the oil sector as a result of its decision to weaken various requirements.

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