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Federal judge sends utility ELG delay suit to appeals court

The judge's order ends a lower court suit over the Trump EPA's delay of the Obama-era power plant effluent rule and shifts focus to a pending appeals court case.

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State's Petition For EPA NSR 'Maintenance' Rule Could Revive Legal Fight

West Virginia is petitioning EPA for a rulemaking to clarify and ease a Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permitting exemption for facility “routine maintenance,” a move the agency has signaled it is likely to pursue but one that could revive a legal fight with environmentalists who won a court ruling in 2006 scrapping a similar rule.

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GOP Touts High-Octane Standard In RFS Reform Package But Faces Hurdles

Top House Republicans are expressing confidence about enacting a nationwide high-octane fuel standard as part of a broader package to “reform” or scale back the renewable fuel standard (RFS), arguing the move could satisfy a range of fuel stakeholders while also giving automakers a relatively cheap compliance option for fuel economy limits.

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Pipeline company emphasizes security concerns in high court bid

A natural gas pipeline company is emphasizing national security concerns in its push for Supreme Court review of a Clean Water Act decision that blocked pipeline construction.

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Trump's Support For Annual E15 Sales Spurs Ethanol Critics' Legal Threat

President Donald Trump is signaling support for pending EPA plans to allow year-round sales of ethanol fuel blends up to 15 percent (E15), prompting a warning from ethanol critics including the petroleum sector that the agency lacks the Clean Air Act authority for such a waiver.

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EPA NSR Overhaul Will Target 'Aggregation,' 'Maintenance' Permit Policies

EPA's push to overhaul and ease Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permitting mandates includes plans in the coming months to issue a mixture of guidance and regulation on key issues including “aggregating” emissions for permitting purposes, and revising a policy on what qualifies as facility “maintenance” exempt from NSR.

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Three former FERC members dispute Pruitt on CPP repeal

“EPA's suggestion in the proposed repeal that the CPP may tread impermissibly onto the functions and authority of FERC . . . is unfounded,” the former officials say.

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Ethanol backers seek to block suit over EPA's delayed RFS study

If successful, the effort would kill pending settlement talks in a suit that alleges EPA missed statutory deadlines for studying the impacts of the RFS.

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Ethanol group urges EPA to halt RFS waivers for refiners

Growth Energy is asking EPA to “immediately cease” issuing small refinery waivers from the renewable fuel standard blending mandates until it conducts a full public comment process on the matter.

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States' Suit Aims To Force EPA Methane Rule For Existing Oil & Gas Sites

More than a dozen Democratic states and cities are suing EPA to force issuance of first-time standards to limit methane emissions from existing oil and gas operations, claiming the agency has a Clean Air Act mandate to issue such rules after finalizing methane standards for new oil and gas sites but is “unreasonably” delaying such a policy.

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