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Democrats’ Infrastructure Plan Infuses Climate, Environment Concerns

Democratic leaders in the House are floating the outlines of a massive proposal to fund transportation, energy and water infrastructure, arguing that multiple elements of the plan will advance efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, in addition to tackling conventional environmental problems.

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House Democrats’ Draft Climate Bill Elaborates On Numerous EPA Roles

New draft climate change legislation from House Energy & Commerce panel Democrats outlines numerous new or expanded tasks for EPA to achieve a mid-century target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions, including stringent vehicle standards, new carbon capture permitting requirements and updated equity mandates.

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Refiners join EPA in rejecting waived RFS volumes ‘reallocation’

Refiners are throwing their weight behind EPA’s refusal to “reallocate” waived biofuel blending volumes under the 2019 RFS.

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EPA sees final utility NSPS update by ‘spring’

EPA in a new court filing says it hopes to send a draft final rollback of Obama-era GHG rules for new power plants to the White House sometime in March.

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Democrats’ Imminent GHG Bill Faces Some Early Environmentalist Scorn

Even before it has been formally released, House Democrats’ sweeping climate change proposal is facing sharp criticism from some environmental groups who charge that the legislation will allow polluting fuels such as natural gas and biomass, along with “ineffective” credit trading, as part of a pathway to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.

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10th Circuit Ruling Casts Doubt On Future EPA Small Refiner RFS Waivers

A federal appeals court panel has unanimously scrapped renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers EPA granted to three small refineries who claimed meeting the RFS’ production goals would cause them economic hardship, a decision that casts doubt over the agency’s controversial waiver policy and future issuance of RFS exemptions.

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SAB Drops Contentious ‘Co-Benefits’ Debate From MATS Rollback Report

EPA advisors are poised to eliminate debate on the emissions reduction “co-benefits” stemming from the agency’s review of the Obama-era utility air toxics rule, narrowing the focus of its final report on the review largely to direct mercury benefits and avoiding EPA efforts to discount co-benefits in order to support rolling back its cost-benefit justification.

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Oil major CEOs mull much broader GHG targets

Companies are mulling targeting so-called “Scope 3” emissions, which are tied to consumers’ use of oil and gas companies’ products.

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Environmentalists sue EPA to force action on oil & gas air plans

Environmentalists’ suit seeks to force reductions in both ozone and methane based on Obama-era requirements for oil and gas drilling operations.

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Groups Split On Power Plant ELG But All Doubt EPA’s Cost-Benefit Study

Utilities, environmentalists and Democratic state attorneys general (AGs) are outlining lengthy, opposing criticisms of EPA’s proposed changes to the Obama-era power plant effluent rule, though they all question the agency’s claim that its plan will achieve greater pollution reductions at a lower cost than the 2015 rule.

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