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Oil industry seeks high court review of more nuisance cases

Ahead of Jan. 19 oral arguments in a case concerning Baltimore’s climate nuisance case, the oil sector is urging the Supreme Court to review three other appellate rulings on similar issues.

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EPA consent decree punts RFS waiver decision to Biden administration

The consent decree will require the incoming Biden EPA to quickly signal how it intends to proceed with its policy on whether to grant renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers to small refiners.

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Lawsuit Puts Early Pressure On Biden EPA Over Stricter Refinery Air Rules

Environmentalists are pursuing fresh litigation aiming to force EPA to issue tougher rules to limit harmful air pollution from refineries by citing environmental justice (EJ) concerns from the facilities’ emissions, putting early pressure on the incoming Biden administration to quickly decide on whether to tighten the regulations.

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Opponents Of Keystone NWP 12 Urge 9th Circuit To Uphold Permit Vacatur

Environmentalists and 12 states are urging a federal appeals court to uphold a district court’s ruling that vacated use of a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, backing the ruling’s finding that the Army Corps of Engineers failed to follow Endangered Species Act (ESA) requirements when issuing the permit.

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OMB schedules stakeholder meetings on EPA coal plant NSPS rewrite

White House officials have scheduled meetings with outside groups on the EPA measure through Jan. 5, which is just 15 days before President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated.

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Omnibus Deal Offers Biden Initial Climate Wins But Omits Broad Authority

The broad year-end spending and policy deal Congress approved this week includes provisions that Democrats say are significant advances in cutting carbon emissions and promoting clean energy, though it falls short of comprehensive climate mitigation authority that may remain elusive for the incoming Biden administration.

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Power sector intervenes in coal ash litigation to defend EPA rules

The Utility Solid Waste Activities Group is asking to intervene in support of EPA’s rule extending closure deadlines for many coal ash facilities, even if the Biden administration drops its defense of the policy.

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Two states, environmentalists appeal vacatur of BLM methane air rule

The latest court action adds to years of legal and regulatory uncertainty over the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Obama-era methane “waste” standards.

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Non-Utility Industries Urge EPA Against Potential Expansion Of CSAPR

Groups representing the paper sector, boiler owners and other industries are urging EPA against revising its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program to force air pollution cuts from non-utility sources, saying any attempt at a “one-size fits all” strategy targeting a wide range of sources is not achievable.

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EPA, Oil Industry Fight Biofuel Groups’ Push To Restore 2016 RFS Target

EPA and oil industry groups are fighting biofuel producers’ push for a federal appeals court to enforce its remand of Obama EPA biofuel blending mandates for 2016 and boost ethanol volumes under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), arguing that the pro-ethanol groups cannot force the court to order such a hike in biofuels blending.

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