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Biofuel Groups Seek New EPA Methods To Bolster RFS' Cellulosic Goals

A coalition of 20 biofuel groups says the industry can significantly ramp up production of low-carbon cellulosic biofuels, including by using agricultural wastes such as corn kernel fiber, and is urging EPA to avoid overly conservative methods for estimating future production when setting blending targets for the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

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OMB weighs EPA plan for potential new CWA effluent rules

EPA is preparing to finalize an Obama-era preliminary plan that included new studies of wastewater from oil and gas operations and refineries as a prelude to possible new or updated rules.

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Environmentalists sue EPA over Gulf drilling permit

The groups charge EPA has failed to adequately analyze the environmental impacts of permitted discharges from oil and gas operations in the western Gulf.

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Connecticut Threatens Suit Over EPA's Proposed Ozone Petition Denial

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) is threatening to sue EPA over its proposed decision to deny the state's petition for direct federal regulation of a Pennsylvania power plant that top state officials say is compromising Connecticut's ability to meet federal ozone standards.

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OMB clears EPA's plan to withdraw oil & gas guide

Environmental groups had urged EPA to preserve the guidelines for limiting emissions of ozone-forming pollution, a policy that also limits emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane.

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Utilities, States, Environmentalists Clash Over Obama EPA CSAPR 'Update'

Utilities, states and environmentalists are clashing in legal fights over the Obama EPA's “update” to its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program, with disputes over the update rule's merits including its implementation costs, how to address international emissions, and “over-control” of upwind states.

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BLM Methane Rollback Plan Cites NSPS Duplication But Ignores EPA Review

A long-awaited Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed rule to scrap several provisions of an Obama-era methane rule for oil and gas facilities on federal lands relies heavily on claims that the provisions duplicate EPA requirements for all new oil and gas activity, but fails to address an EPA effort to review and possibly repeal that rule.

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5th Circuit backs judges’ discretion on CWA penalties

An unpublished decision from the appeals court on a 2006 oil refinery spill says district judges have broad authority to set penalties for Clean Water Act violations.

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EPA FY19 Budget Floats New Fees To Offset Cuts To Energy STAR, RMP

EPA is planning to seek congressional approval to collect industry fees to support the agency's popular Energy STAR program and supplement compliance assistance for facility accident and spill prevention rules, according to its fiscal year 2019 budget request, an effort that aims to offset proposed budget cuts for the programs.

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Oil, ethanol groups urge EPA to reject RFS waivers

Major oil sector and ethanol industry groups are opposing petitions asking EPA to waive blending mandates.

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