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Small refiners threaten lawsuit to force RFS waiver decisions

The small refiners’ legal threat ramps up pressure on EPA as the agency reconsiders its policy on renewable fuel standard compliance waivers.

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CEI Urges DOE To Drop Carbon ‘Cost’ In Measuring Efficiency Benefits

A free-market group is urging the Energy Department (DOE) to drop its use of the social cost of carbon (SCC) when developing appliance efficiency standards, though opponents of the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda are already fighting agencies’ use of a narrowed approach to the SCC in court.

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EPA backs effort to scrap litigation over CPP

The agency says that state and industry petitioners have “secured the relief they sought in this lawsuit,” challenging the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which the Trump EPA has formally rescinded.

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Biomass Industry Appears Unlikely To Challenge Co-Firing Bar In ACE

The biomass industry appears unlikely to challenge EPA’s decision in its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule to remove co-firing with biomass as a compliance mechanism, even though the agency proposed to allow it and industry strongly supported it.

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Environmentalists Push Back Against Plan To Weaken Methane NSPS

Environmental groups are ramping up warnings of the climate and health damages from oil and gas industry methane emissions, just as the Trump EPA draws closer to issuing a proposal that is expected to seek to rescind an Obama-era policy directly regulating methane emissions from new and modified sources.

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Refiners warn EPA against sharing RFS trade-secret data with USDA

Small refiners say it would be unlawful for EPA to share any confidential business information with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on their request for renewable fuel standard waivers.

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5th Circuit to rehear case testing EPA’s NSR enforcement authority

The appeals court’s rehearing process could ultimately lead to a reversal of a ruling that currently supports EPA’s approach to enforcing the Clean Air Act new source review permit program.

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EPA moves to speed oil, gas NSR air permitting on tribal land

The agency says its proposed change to Clean Air Act new source review permitting mandates would accelerate the permit process for oil and gas producers operating on tribal land.

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Environmentalists seek more time to comment on CEQ GHG guide

A coalition of environmental and public interest groups want the White House to extend the comment deadline by two months on its draft National Environmental Policy Act climate guidance.

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Health Groups Waste Little Time Suing Over EPA’s Final ACE Climate Rule

Two major public health groups have wasted little time suing over EPA’s final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, the Trump administration’s limited approach to controlling power plant greenhouse gas emissions, the same day the rule was formally promulgated and the first day of a 60-day period petitioners have to sue.

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