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E15 Waiver Prompts Broader Debate Over Fate Of RFS In Congress, Courts

President Donald Trump's order for EPA to issue a waiver allowing year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) is prompting broader debate over the fate of the renewable fuel standard (RFS), including the waiver's impact on efforts in Congress to reform the RFS and whether the decision can withstand an expected oil sector legal challenge.

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CLF seeks to add new claim to Shell climate suit

The Conservation Law Foundation is seeking to add an additional waste law claim to its novel suit aiming to force Shell Oil to account for the impacts of climate change at a Rhode Island facility.

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EPA finds ongoing GHG emissions cuts from stationary sources

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the decrease comes “largely from technological breakthroughs in the private sector, not the heavy hand of government.”

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Updated EPA Agenda Targets March For Finalizing Obama Rule Rollbacks

EPA's just-updated Unified Agenda of pending regulations is targeting March for finalizing a host of controversial rollbacks of Obama-era regulations, including greenhouse gas standards for power plants and vehicles as well as the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) standard -- decisions that will face lawsuits as soon as they are issued.

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EPA eyes February for proposing year-round E15 sales waiver

EPA's goal to propose authorizing year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) by February is intended to allow issuance of a final rule approving the decision by June 1.

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Lifecycle Study Finds GHG Cuts From LNG Project, Warns Of Domestic Gas

A new study of the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from a proposed liquified natural gas (LNG) project to provide fuel for marine operations near Seattle finds that the effort would cut overall GHGs by displacing petroleum-based fuels, though the finding depends on the natural gas being sourced only from Canada.

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Wyoming urged to shield oil and gas air controls from EPA rollback

One environmentalist is hopeful that state officials in an upcoming final guidance intend to make clear that the state will stick with a semi-annual inspection requirement, regardless of any changes to EPA's rules.

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Environmentalists ask EAB to scrap Arizona gas utility's air permit

An Arizona county and power company are fighting Sierra Club's Environmental Appeals Board challenge that claims a gas plant's 'minor source' air permit is 'unenforceable.'

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White House eyes EPA RIN market reform under E15 waiver

The White House is signaling revisions to the market in RFS compliance credits as part of EPA's plan to grant a waiver allowing year-round sales of 15-percent ethanol fuel.

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Democratic Gubernatorial Gains May Aid States' Opposition To EPA Agenda

Democrats appear poised to win control of several key governors' mansions in November's midterm elections, potentially aiding those states' opposition to a host of Trump EPA efforts to roll back climate and environmental regulations, while also bolstering state-level policies that aim to counter the federal rollbacks.

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