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Environmentalists Might Sue EPA Over Refusal To Revise Refinery MACT

Environmentalists are signaling that they might sue EPA over its refusal to reconsider its air toxics standards for oil refineries that critics say are unlawfully weak, after the agency formally announced its rejection of a petition filed by Earthjustice on behalf of 11 environmental organizations that urged EPA to tighten the emissions limits.

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GOP senators from oil refining states ask EPA for broad RFS waiver

A group of 15 Senate Republicans from oil states is urging EPA to curb biofuel blending mandates for 2021, but is likely to face determined resistance from biofuels advocates.

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Oil Sector, GOP Allies Seek To Capitalize On Biden’s ‘Transition’ Remark

The oil sector and Trump campaign are seizing on comments by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden urging a “transition” from the industry, in an effort to make Biden’s climate change stance a liability for Democrats up and down the ballot with less than two weeks before voting ends in the Nov. 3 election.

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Heritage Foundation warns against Biden energy, environment plan

Despite faulting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for offering rules and subsidies aiding low-carbon energy, the free-market group praises parts of his plan for boosting “innovation and competition.”

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EPA Denies Final ‘Project Accounting’ Rule Will Result In NSR Avoidance

EPA in its final rule on new source review (NSR) air permit “project emissions accounting” is defending the policy against environmentalists’ allegations that it will enable companies to circumvent NSR and avoid adding emissions controls, but is also allowing states to keep a potentially more-onerous NSR permitting process if they prefer.

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DOJ touts two prison sentences in RFS fraud case

The Department of Justice is touting a first-of-its kind criminal prosecution for fraud committed against the federal government under EPA’s renewable fuel standard program.

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EPA weighs allowing Texas to issue oil, gas CWA permits

Region 6 is reviewing a request from Texas to allow the state to issue Clean Water Act discharge permits for certain oil and gas activities, increasing state control over drilling activities in the energy-rich region.

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Mobile Source Panel Weighs Long-Term Evolution Of EPA Transport Policy

EPA’s Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee (MSTRS) is weighing the potential long-term future and evolution of the agency’s transportation air policy in a world with dramatically diminished fossil fuel use, including how to overcome barriers to use of electric vehicles (EVs) and how to improve modeling of vehicles’ pollution impacts.

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EPA reaches Clean Air Act enforcement deal with refiner Valero

The proposed consent decree would require 14 Valero facilities in six states to impose tougher measures in order to ensure compliance with federal fuels quality and clean air standards.

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In NEPA suit, Dakota pipeline opponents ask court to suspend project

A district court is grappling with the remedy for its earlier finding that the Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Environmental Policy Act when approving a key permit for the Dakota Access pipeline.

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