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Ahead Of Argument, Refiners Criticize EPA ‘Flip-Flop’ In RFS Waivers Case

Refiners are accusing EPA of a “flip-flop” in Supreme Court litigation over an appellate ruling that, if upheld, might significantly curtail the agency’s ability to issue renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers, saying the justices should undo the ruling even though the Biden administration has now decided to expressly support it.

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DOI’s Haaland Pledges More Robust NEPA Climate Reviews, Using SCC

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is scrapping various Trump-era policies intended to streamline National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews and pledging to conduct more fulsome analysis of climate and environmental justice (EJ) issues, including by using the social cost of carbon (SCC) climate damage tool.

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House lawmakers eye potential talks over oil, gas well plugging bill

House Democrats and Republicans during an April 15 hearing signaled an openness to negotiating over legislation that would create a program to plug thousands of orphan oil and gas wells across the country.

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Grassley calls for biofuels aid in Biden infrastructure plan

Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley wants the Biden administration to boost biofuels and not just electric vehicles as a climate mitigation strategy in its $2 trillion infrastructure plan.

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EPA, Illinois reach refinery air enforcement deal with ExxonMobil

As part of the agreement with EPA and Illinois to resolve allegations of Clean Air Act violations, ExxonMobil will have to meet tougher air pollution limits and better monitor for leaks at its Joliet, IL, refinery.

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OTC Weighs NOx Emissions Cuts From Non-Power Plant Sources, Trucks

The Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) of 12 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states is eyeing rules and other efforts to cut ozone-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from sources beyond the utilities OTC typically targets, including waste combustors, industrial boilers and trucks, as member states struggle to attain EPA ozone standards.

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Senate confirms Mallory as Biden CEQ chief

Three Senate Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to approve Brenda Mallory’s nomination to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

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D.C. Circuit Doubts EPA Power For Waiver Allowing Year-Round E15 Sales

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit at April 13 oral argument doubted the legality of the Trump EPA’s waiver allowing year-round sales of previously restricted 15-percent ethanol fuel (E15), faulting the agency’s revised interpretation of its Clean Air Act authority to justify the decision.

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Judge Delays DAPL Decision To Weigh Economic Impacts, NEPA Appeal

A federal judge is delaying a decision on whether to halt operations of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to allow its operator to provide more briefing on the economic impacts of a possible shutdown and to weigh how DAPL’s planned bid for an en banc review of a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) ruling would affect his authority.

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House Democrats push grants program to plug abandoned oil, gas wells

House Democrats are backing legislation to create an $8 billion grants program to plug thousands of orphan oil and gas wells across the country, mirroring measures in President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan.

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