Groups suing EPA over the Obama administration's multi-year renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes rule are ramping up their legal attacks in new briefs, with refiners doubling down on their claim that its compliance mechanism is flawed while ethanol groups argue the agency should have set more ambitious fuel production targets.
The Trump EPA is expected to soon begin weighing options for targeting the agency's power plant greenhouse gas rule, with sources saying the administration faces a dilemma in deciding whether to scrap the rule by reversing the agency's current interpretation of the so-called “112 exclusion,” or to retain the rule but significantly weaken its requirements.
A coalition of states is seeking to intervene in consolidated litigation brought by a separate coalition of states and industry groups over EPA's denial of administrative petitions to reconsider various aspects of its greenhouse gas standards for existing power plants, litigation that could allow the Trump administration to overturn key parts of the rule should it be upheld.
Senate Democrats are pushing a $1 trillion infrastructure package that would include massive boosts to federal funding for construction and maintenance on drinking water, wastewater, resiliency and clean energy projects, in hopes of countering expected plans from President Trump and the GOP that would instead rely on tax credits and expanding public-private partnerships.
Senate Democrats on the Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) are strengthening their challenge to Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead EPA, seeking to highlight flaws in his record on environmental enforcement.
The Trump administration is reviving the fight over the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and other fossil energy projects, issuing a series of memorandums advancing that project and another controversial pipeline, while also calling for expedited permitting for “high-priority” infrastructure projects.
Environmentalists are continuing to press for intervention in coal companies' suit against EPA where a district judge ordered the agency to quickly review how Clean Air Act policies have affected employment in the energy sector, seeking an appellate ruling that would allow them to challenge the order even though the Trump administration has backed it.