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District court judge rejects CBD's suit over utility ELG delay

The decision marks environmentalists' latest loss in their bid to challenge the delay in district courts, rather than the appellate court already hearing suits over the effluent rule itself.

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Coal plant closures in 2018 slated to set new record

This year's retirements are set to exceed even the massive spate of closures in 2015 that were driven by Obama-era regulations imposing strict new controls on the sector's air toxics.

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Oil sector, ethanol groups clash over E15 support

Oil and ethanol groups are issuing dueling poll data about the popularity of E15, as EPA crafts a proposal to authorize summertime sales of the fuel.

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EPA Denies Duty To Account For 'Small Refiner' Waivers In RFS Targets

EPA in its latest brief defending the agency's 2018 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes rule against varied legal challenges is denying it has any statutory duty to adjust annual RFS biofuel blending volumes to compensate for waivers the agency will likely issue for “small” refiners, rejecting a key argument made by major biofuel groups.

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EAB Rejects Novel Challenge Aiming To Mandate Battery Storage As BACT

EPA's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) is rejecting conservation groups' novel challenge that aimed to establish battery power storage as the Clean Air Act-mandated best available control technology (BACT) for a gas-fired power plant, saying the groups failed to show that any other similar facility used the storage technology.

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Utilities Defend EPA Delay Of Effluent Rule As Vital For Reconsideration

The power sector is defending EPA's delay of compliance deadlines in the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) effluent rule for the industry as a necessary step after the agency agreed to reconsider parts of the policy, arguing in a new court brief that an extension was vital in order to avoid rendering reconsideration “a meaningless, hollow exercise.”

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EPA, drilling firm fault EAB petition testing UIC permit equity reviews

Both EPA and the company that holds a contested wastewater injection permit say a local resident's petition to scrap it on environmental justice grounds is fatally flawed.

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Trump officials renew Obama-era food waste reduction goals

Officials signed an agreement renewing the prior administration's goal to reduce food waste -- the largest category of municipal solid waste -- by 50 percent from 2010 levels by 2030.

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EPA withdraws uranium mining groundwater rule

EPA is questioning whether it has authority under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA) to issue standards.

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Wheeler touts legal authority for annual sales of E15 fuel

EPA's acting chief is urging the oil industry to 'join' the agency in improving the renewable fuel standard rather than opposing its year-round 15-percent ethanol sales waiver.

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