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Imminent E15 Waiver May Drop Some EPA RFS Credit Overhaul Changes

EPA is poised for imminent release of its final action allowing summertime sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) ahead of a June 1 self-imposed deadline to authorize the fuel, but the agency might drop parts of a planned companion policy that would overhaul the market for renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance credits, sources say.

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D.C. Circuit Gives EPA, Refiners Partial Win In Lawsuit Over RFS Waivers

Appellate judges are giving EPA and refiners a partial victory in their bid to dismiss biofuels advocates’ lawsuit contesting the agency’s issuance of renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers for small refiners, ruling to reject challenges to EPA’s policy of allowing retroactive waivers but transferring suits over specific waivers to another court.

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Quoted: Wheeler floats oil & gas sub-sector plan to avoid methane limits

The EPA chief says a proposal to avoid direct methane limits for the industry could be released “in the next few months.”

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Wheeler floats oil & gas sub-sector plan to avoid methane limits

The EPA chief says a proposal to avoid direct methane limits for the industry could be released “in the next few months.”

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States Resist CZMA Rollbacks, Previewing Responses To EPA's CWA Plan

In a preview of concerns regarding EPA-planned changes to states' authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA), some states are urging the Trump administration to abandon plans to change rules governing states' reviews of offshore energy projects under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), arguing there are no documented problems with the current rules.

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House Democrats, GOP Clash Over Need To Count EPA Air Rule ‘Co-Benefits’

House Democrats and Republicans are clashing over whether EPA should count the “co-benefits” of its air rules in cost-benefit analyses of the policies, a debate that will be key to the future not only of EPA’s power plant air toxics rules but also likely for the agency’s cost-benefit analysis for all future Clean Air Act rulemakings.

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RFS roundup: EPA sends ‘reset’ to OMB, lawmakers back E15

The agency has sent its proposed renewable fuel standard (RFS) ‘reset’ rule for White House review, while lawmakers are pushing EPA to finalize a plan to allow summertime sales of 15-percent ethanol.

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Landfill Gas Industry Asks OMB To Hike EPA’s 2020 RFS Cellulosic Target

The renewable natural gas (RNG) industry representing gas production from landfills and agricultural operations is urging the White House to hike EPA’s pending 2020 renewable fuel standard (RFS) cellulosic biofuel production goal to account for robust growth in the sector, though the slow pace of other cellulosic biofuels growth could hinder the push.

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EAB Seeks New Data On EPA’s Equity Considerations In UIC Permitting

EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) is demanding that the agency show how it considered environmental justice (EJ) in a permit for an oil and gas operation near a low-income community in Michigan, signaling how the board will apply its recent decision faulting a similar permit for offering no proof of how equity factored into it.

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EPA Said To Cut PM Benefits In Final ACE Rule To Reduce Premature Deaths

EPA in its final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule is expected to include a controversial projection of far fewer benefits tied to reductions in particulate matter (PM), according to a news report, a decision that would significantly lower the estimated number of additional premature deaths compared to a calculation in the proposed version of the rule.

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