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EIP Cites Air Monitoring Data In Bid For Stricter EPA Refinery Enforcement

The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is urging EPA to strengthen its enforcement of Clean Air Act toxic emissions rules for refineries after a review of refinery fenceline monitoring data shows air toxics at levels exceeding the agency’s “action level” that requires facilities to correct excess pollution.

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BLM may exempt land-use planning from NEPA

If such plans were exempt from NEPA, however, the Bureau of Land Management would no longer need to report on the environmental effects of a plan proposing to open public lands to energy development.

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EPA mulls rehearing request, high court appeal of RFS waiver ruling

The agency is considering either appeals court rehearing or a Supreme Court appeal against a ruling that could require a significant overhaul of its policy on refiners’ RFS exemptions.

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Biofuels supporters promote ethanol as ‘clean’ fuel additive

Ethanol supporters will use a Feb. 6 conference in Washington, D.C., to promote backing for the fuel by touting its ability to displace toxic aromatics as a fuel additive.

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D.C. Circuit’s briefing plan for ACE suit punts argument to fall

Briefing in the consolidated litigation over EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy power plant greenhouse gas rule is scheduled to conclude at the end of July, meaning oral arguments likely won’t occur until at least September.

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Industries Urge 8th Circuit To Bar Injunctive Relief For Past NSR Violations

Major industry groups are urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit to rule that EPA cannot impose injunctive relief such as forcing emissions reductions from companies for past Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) violations, a position that could severely hamper EPA’s ability to enforce the permitting program.

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EPA Denies Environmentalists’ Call For Stricter Refinery Air Toxics Rule

EPA has denied environmentalists’ petition asking the agency to tighten various provisions in an Obama-era rule setting maximum achievable control technology (MACT) air toxics standards for oil refineries, rejecting criticism that the rule includes unlawfully weak requirements on flaring of waste gases, air monitoring, and more.

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Chamber urges Trump to embrace low-carbon ‘innovation’

“The Chamber has said very clearly inaction is not an option” on climate change, said a top official ahead of the president’s State of the Union. “We would like to see the president lean in as well.”

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Growth Energy urges EPA regulatory changes to boost E15

The ethanol industry group is using comments on a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed grant program to call for EPA regulatory changes that might boost sales of 15-percent ethanol (E15).

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Industries Warn EPA’s NSR ‘Correction’ Rule Could Hinder Air Permitting

Oil, gas, chemical and other major industry groups are warning EPA that provisions in its proposed Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) “error correction” rule are unclear and could have unintended harmful consequences for business by hindering permitting, including by making some NSR rules “inconsistent” with the air law.

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