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States ask EPA for more time to comment on CPP ANPR

Many states led by conservative governors are asking EPA to extend the Feb. 26 deadline to at least April 27, allowing them more time to review the possible approaches to replace the Clean Power Plan.

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Valero details issues in suit over RFS 'obligation point'

Refiner Valero plans to use a pending lawsuit against EPA to question whether the agency unlawfully ignored arguments to move the renewable fuel standard's obligation point.

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States, industry back TVA in CWA coal ash appeal

Seventeen states, energy groups and an array of industry sectors say in new briefs that court rulings that extend Clean Water Act limits to some groundwater releases risk subverting the law's structure.

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EPA seeks stay of CPP litigation until agency finalizes repeal

EPA says a federal appeals court should keep litigation over the Obama-era Clean Power Plan on hold until the agency finalizes its repeal of the rule.

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Ongoing Power Sector GHG Cuts Could Frustrate Pruitt's CPP Agenda

New EPA data shows the power sector is three-quarters of the way toward meeting the greenhouse gas targets of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) -- over a decade ahead of the rule's 2030 deadline and just three years after it was issued -- a development that could frustrate the Trump administration's plans to revoke the rule and replace it with a much narrower version.

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Grassley's Strong Defense Of RFS Creates Doubt Over Senate Reform Bill

Sen. Charles Grassley's (R-IA) release of an analysis strongly defending EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) and rejecting refining sector attacks on its compliance mechanism and credit prices is creating fresh doubt over pending Senate efforts to craft legislation that would overhaul the program, including reducing credit prices.

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Senators Mull Bipartisan Fixes For AFO Air Reporting, RFS Credit Prices

Environment committee senators are voicing support for reaching bipartisan compromise on legislative fixes that would narrow looming EPA emissions reporting requirements for animal feeding operations (AFOs) and separately to address the high price of compliance credits under the agency's renewable fuel standard (RFS).

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Environmental Groups Press OMB To Retain EPA Oil And Gas Guidelines

Environmental groups are pushing back against Trump EPA plans to rescind control techniques guidelines (CTG) for emissions of ozone-forming pollutants from the oil and gas sector, arguing in recent White House meetings that the guidelines represent an efficient route for both industry and states to manage the emissions.

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EPA leaves gas industrial flare 'emission factor' unchanged

EPA is leaving a key “emission factor” for flares used in natural gas production unchanged, but has issued some new factors to assist regulators in estimating air pollution from the sector.

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Alabama Eyes More Enforcement Discretion With Delegated EPA Ash Rule

Alabama is floating rules to win delegated implementation of EPA's coal ash disposal program that largely mirrors the federal standards but seeks much more potential enforcement discretion than the first two states aiming to implement the ash program, planning to allow non-compliance if it will not harm public health or the environment.

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