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EPA Takes Steps To Bolster Use Of E15 Fuel, Seeks Input On RFS Waivers

EPA is proposing to take further steps to bolster use of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) by altering or removing gas pump labeling requirements, while also inviting public comment on how it should proceed with several states’ and refiners’ applications for exemptions from renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandates.

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DOE tells Congress reclassifying reprocessing waste will lower costs

The Energy Department is telling Congress in a new report that reclassifying reprocessing nuclear waste could save billions of dollars in disposal costs and accelerate the process while maintaining public safety.

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Grappling With RFS Policy Decisions, EPA Floats Compliance Extensions

EPA is proposing to delay renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance deadlines for small refiners and others subject to the program’s biofuel blending mandates, giving the industry more time to comply while the agency grapples with whether to issue a slew of pending RFS compliance waivers and how to set RFS production goals for 2021.

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D.C. Circuit schedules oral argument in E15 fuel case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has scheduled oral argument for Feb. 19 in a consolidated suit over EPA’s 2019 decision allowing year-round sales of 15-percent ethanol blends (E15).

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Alaska plans to challenge Pebble Mine CWA permit denial

State officials say the Army Corps of Engineers’ denial of a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit for the mine “has far-reaching and ominous implications” for the state’s ability to develop its resources.

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Biofuels Makers Expect EPA RFS Waivers, Urge Biden To Bolster Industry

Biofuels makers are expecting the Trump administration to issue a wave of last-minute renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers to small refiners that they oppose, and are working with some Democratic lawmakers to lobby the incoming Biden administration to take several actions to help promote the biofuels sector.

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EPA Finding Might Bar Biden From Issuing GHG NSPS Except For Utilities

EPA is finalizing a rule that concludes all stationary sources of greenhouse gases except coal-fired power plants do not reach the threshold for GHG regulation under Clean Air Act (CAA) new source performance standards (NSPS), an action that critics say attempts to prevent the incoming Biden administration from regulating non-utility GHG sources.

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EPA Warns Of Impending Challenges Managing Renewable Energy Waste

EPA is warning of impending waste management and recycling challenges with handling waste renewable energy technologies such as solar panels once they reach the end of their useful life, suggesting the agency should collaborate with the Energy Department (DOE) to aid in the private and public sectors’ management of the materials.

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EPA denies fuel ‘streamlining’ rule helps suit over ethanol blends

The agency says if pro-ethanol groups have concerns about EPA’s fuels streamlining rule, they should raise them in litigation over that rule, not in a suit over approval of higher ethanol blends.

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EPA finalizes rule easing liquid storage tank inspection mandates

The agency says its final rule allowing operators of large liquid storage tanks to conduct “in-service” inspections instead of emptying tanks first should reduce costs and air pollution.

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