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D.C. Circuit rejects biofuels group’s bid for RFS waiver injunction

The court’s rejection of a biofuels group’s request for an injunction frees EPA to issue up to 40 such “small refiner” exemptions from RFS blending mandates.

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Utilities Use EPA’s MATS Cost Plan To Pitch Softer Compliance Mandates

Electric utilities are using EPA’s proposed rollback of the finding underpinning the Obama-era mercury and air toxics standards for power plants (MATS) as a vehicle for pitching weaker compliance requirements, such as eased testing mandates, urging the agency in little-noticed comments to finalize the plan then launch a new rulemaking to ease those provisions.

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Environmentalists, States Likely To Oppose Easing Of MATS Compliance

Environmentalists and states supportive of EPA’s mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) for power plants are likely to oppose a utility sector push for the agency to launch a new rulemaking to ease the rule’s compliance mandates, sources say, as they fear it would further weaken the Obama-era rule beyond the agency’s planned rollback.

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GOP Tax Writers Skeptical Of Industry Carbon Tax Plan But Back 'Innovation'

Republicans on the House tax-writing committee are expressing significant skepticism over an industry-backed carbon tax plan that supporters say would be coupled with regulatory “streamlining,” arguing that any policy to address climate change should rely on “innovation” to improve cutting-edge, low-carbon technologies.

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EPA Report Could Open Door To Allowing Oil, Gas Wastewater Discharges

EPA in a draft report is floating the possibility of regulatory changes to allow discharges of oil and gas extraction wastewaters to surface waters as a way to encourage greater reuse of the water, although it details several environmental and permitting concerns about the discharges raised by some states, environmentalists and industry representatives.

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House Democrats offer bill to reverse EPA, BLM methane rollbacks

The bill would codify the Obama EPA’s methane rules for new oil and gas equipment, while also reinstating Obama BLM methane limits for operations on federal land.

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EPA, NRC Craft MOU To Clarify Powers To Regulate Uranium Mining

EPA and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) officials are discussing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that would clarify the agencies' authorities to regulate uranium mining, signaling EPA may give further concessions to the NRC that could limit the agency's power to set groundwater protection standards for the sector.

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EPA extends deadline for Wheeler decision on EPA-DOE cleanup fight

The agency is giving its administrator more time to resolve a fight between Region 4 and the Energy Department over using Superfund law authorities to regulate nuclear waste at federal facilities.

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Texas rules raise questions on benefits, harm from oil and gas sector

“If we're going to see change, it has to be a new rule,” Bo Vizcaino, an engineering tech with the Texas Railroad Commission, said at a recent discussion about drilling in the Permian Basin.

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Environmentalists to appeal adverse pipeline NEPA ruling

A local environmental group says it will seek rehearing of the D.C. Circuit’s decision to scrap its case on standing grounds, charging the decision is “erroneous.”

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