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C2ES, Companies Urge Quick EPA Start To Talks On Cutting Utility GHGs

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) think tank and several major companies are urging EPA to quickly convene stakeholder talks on options for reducing power plant greenhouse gas emissions given uncertainty about prospects in Congress for a clean energy standard (CES) or other policies that could replace agency utility GHG rules.

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Trump EPA Supporters Likely To Seek High Court Review Of ACE Vacatur

Supporters of the Trump EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule that was vacated by a federal appeals court are likely to ask the Supreme Court to reverse the decision and reinstate the rule, source say, potentially complicating the Biden administration’s plans for regulating GHGs from the utility industry.

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Refiners seek to exclude biofuels groups from RFS waiver suit

The ‘gap filling’ renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers are necessary to circumvent a key judicial precedent that may block EPA from issuing any RFS compliance exemptions to small refiners.

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Industry sets condition for direct EPA methane rules for oil & gas

Major oil and gas industry groups say EPA must first make a threshold risk finding that the sector’s emissions of the greenhouse gas methane are “significant” enough before regulating them.

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D.C. Circuit Stays RFS Waivers, Biden EPA Plans Future Of Fuels Program

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is staying three last-minute renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers that the Trump administration granted to small refiners, freezing the exemptions at the same time as the Biden EPA is weighing its policy on waivers and the broader future of the RFS program.

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Biofuels Groups Vow To Fight Wheeler’s 11th-Hour RFS Waiver Approvals

Biofuels groups are planning litigation to challenge former Trump EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s last-minute approval of three renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers, an action that one industry group calls a “sucker punch” for biofuels producers even though the approvals are much more limited than previously expected.

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EPA Region 6 approves Texas oil & gas CWA permitting

The action allows the state to issue Clean Water Act (CWA) permits for discharges from oil and gas activities, pipelines, and natural gas processing plants.

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D.C. Circuit Faults EPA For ‘Misconstruction’ Of 111(d) Power In ACE Rule

The divided appellate court panel that vacated the Trump EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule says the exiting administration relied on a “fundamental misconstruction” of its Clean Air Act authority when it scrapped the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) climate rule and replaced it with the narrower ACE policy.

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D.C. Circuit Vacates Trump EPA’s ACE Power Plant Greenhouse Gas Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has vacated EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule, handing the agency a major defeat on the penultimate day of the Trump administration while easing the incoming Biden team’s ability to rewrite it.

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D.C. Circuit rejects request to stay EPA oil and gas rule rollback

“Petitioners have not satisfied the stringent requirements for a stay pending court review,” says a brief order issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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