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Former EPA policy advisor picked to lead Navy environmental programs

Meredith Berger, an Obama-era EPA policy advisor and Navy deputy chief of staff, is President Joe Biden’s planned nominee to oversee the Navy’s environmental programs.

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Justices Wrestle With Defining ‘Extension’ Of RFS Small Refiner Waivers

Supreme Court justices at April 27 oral arguments wrestled with whether to uphold a lower court’s ruling that would effectively bar most small refiners from winning EPA renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers, analyzing the agency’s statutory power to “extend” exemptions for refiners lacking them in prior compliance years.

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Dakota Pipeline opponents urge environment focus in NEPA lawsuit

Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) are urging a federal court to focus primarily on environmental issues in determining whether the pipeline should be shut down.

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EPA poised to publish CSAPR rule, starting lawsuit clock

Publication of the revised Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) in the Federal Register will start a 60-day clock for critics to file legal challenges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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D.C. Circuit Rejects DAPL’s Bid To Rehear Pipeline NEPA Analysis Ruling

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied Dakota Access Pipeline’s (DAPL) request to reconsider its ruling requiring the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a detailed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis for the controversial project, leaving the door open for a district court to halt the pipeline.

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EPA Reverses Air Policy Waiver For Decommissioning Offshore Oil Rigs

Acting EPA air chief Joe Goffman is reversing a Trump-era decision that gave oil company Chevron USA a waiver from Clean Air Act regulations during the decommissioning of two offshore oil drilling platforms off the California coast, with Goffman saying EPA needs to examine emissions more closely from equipment used in the effort.

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Judge finds Title V air permit suits not subject to statute of limitations

A Colorado federal district court judge has rejected arguments that litigation over alleged Clean Air Act Title V operating permit violations is subject to the general five-year statute of limitations.

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States Oppose EPA Plan To Ease Storage Tank Rules For E15 Motor Fuel

States are opposing a Trump EPA proposal to ease underground storage tank (UST) mandates for motor fuel containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) while biofuels advocates are sparring with refiners over a related plan to ease E15 fuel pump labeling, highlighting key issues the Biden EPA will have to resolve if it decides to finalize the actions.

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House Democrats urge Biden to reconsider NWP 12

A group of 28 House Democrats wants the Biden administration to rethink the use of Clean Water Act general permits for oil and gas pipelines, raising specific concerns about a planned pipeline in Tennessee.

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District court judge finds BP violated air limits at Indiana refinery

The ruling by Judge Philp Simon of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana is a win for environmentalists in a long-running Clean Air Act legal fight with BP over its refinery in Whiting, IN.

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