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Seeking En Banc Review, Industry Doubts Jurisdiction Over NSPS Stay

A coalition of oil and gas groups is renewing its call for the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reconsider a three-judge panel's ruling that vacated EPA's administrative pause of its methane standards for new drilling equipment, arguing the panel incorrectly reviewed an agency action that was “not final.”

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Biofuels Group Warns EPA Not To Weaken RFS With 'Reset,' Import Limits

Biofuels supporters are warning EPA not to “gut” its renewable fuel standard (RFS) program in its upcoming rule to “reset” statutory blending targets for renewable and alternative fuels, and also cautioning against creating any extra barriers to biofuel imports as its crafts its final version of RFS targets for the 2018 compliance year.

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Utility Asks High Court To Limit EPA's Use Of Projected Emissions For NSR

Michigan utility DTE Energy is asking the Supreme Court to review a divided appeals court ruling that backed EPA's ability to use projected emissions data to pursue a Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) enforcement case against the company, arguing that allowing the ruling to stand violates the air law and EPA's regulations.

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Facing Wide-Ranging Calls, EPA Said To Plan Narrow CPP Replacement Rule

EPA is said to be crafting a narrow replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) governing greenhouse gases (GHGs) from power plants after a wide range of labor and industry groups urged officials to replace the rule rather than simply repeal it as they may have been planning.

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Divided D.C. Circuit Issues Mandate To EPA For Reinstating Methane NSPS

A majority of the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has granted a request from some states and environmentalists to issue its mandate vacating the agency's 90-day pause of key requirements in its methane rule for new oil and gas sources, putting the rule back into effect -- though two judges opposed the decision.

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In Symbolic Move, California To Submit Final CPP Compliance Plan To EPA

California has approved its state compliance plan for EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP) greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants, a largely symbolic step though officials say it nonetheless shows other states that cutting power sector GHGs is achievable under the stayed rule that the Trump administration is expected to soon propose to repeal.

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Environmentalists Seek Quick D.C. Circuit Mandate In Methane NSPS Suit

Environmentalists are urging an appellate court to quickly require EPA implementation of its ruling vacating the agency's 90-day pause of key requirements in its methane standards for new oil and gas sources, arguing recent requests from industry and states for the court to reconsider the ruling are “transparent attempts to seek further delay.”

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D.C. Circuit Vacates EPA 'Inadequate Supply' Reasoning For RFS Waiver

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in an unanimous ruling has vacated EPA's decision to reduce some total renewable fuel targets in its 2014-2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rule, agreeing with ethanol groups about flaws in the agency's claim of “inadequate domestic supply” of ethanol to justify the waiver.

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Absent EPA, Intervenors Seek En Banc Review In Methane NSPS Delay Suit

Oil and gas groups and a coalition of states are asking the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review a three-judge panel's ruling vacating EPA's 90-day stay of key portions of Obama-era methane limits for new drilling equipment -- though EPA has not yet sought such a review, despite expectations that it would do so.

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Court Urged To Bar State Intervention In Oil & Gas Waste Rules Settlement

Both EPA and environmentalists are urging a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court ruling that rejected North Dakota’s attempt to intervene in a settlement between EPA and environmentalists that commits the agency to decide by 2019 on whether it will revise waste rules for the oil and gas sector.

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