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Biden Infrastructure Plan Details Billions In Climate Spending, Seeks CES

The Biden administration has released details of its long-awaited proposal for an array of climate-related spending on transportation, power and clean-energy manufacturing infrastructure and the workforce, while reiterating a commitment to establishing a clean electricity standard (CES) to achieve its emissions goals.

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D.C. Circuit pauses litigation over 2020 RFS

Legal challenges to EPA’s 2020 renewable fuel standard (RFS) will now be on hold until after the Supreme Court rules in a case that will determine the future of RFS compliance waivers for small refiners.

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CEQ Nominee Mallory Sidesteps GOP Queries On Former SELC Advocacy

Brenda Mallory, the nominee to lead the Biden White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), is sidestepping GOP senators’ queries about whether her previous policy advocacy work with the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), including opposing fossil fuel energy sources, will affect the decisions she would make at CEQ.

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5th Circuit rejects bid to dismiss power plant ELG case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has rejected environmentalists’ bid to dismiss the power sector’s challenge to Obama-era effluent limitation guidelines (ELG) for utilities.

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Refiner Threatens EPA With Suit To Force Reinstatement Of RFS Waivers

A Wyoming-based refiner is threatening a lawsuit to force EPA to reinstate three 11th-hour renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers issued by the Trump administration that the company says the Biden EPA is refusing to honor, warning that it will file its case if the agency does not revive the waivers within 60 days.

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IPI urges reanalysis of Trump EPA power plant ELG benefits

New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity (IPI) says simple changes to evaluating the costs and benefits of power plant effluent limits would allow EPA to give appropriate weight to climate and other harms.

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EPA Scraps Air Permit For Refinery In Dueling ‘Plantwide’ Policy Disputes

EPA Administrator Michael Regan has rescinded the “plantwide” Clean Air Act permit for a controversial oil refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands that was the target of dueling Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) cases, a step likely to win praise from critics of the facility who fear its potential adverse impacts on neighboring communities.

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CRA Risks Downplayed As Democrats Seek To Revoke EPA Methane Rule

Democrats are poised to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to scrap the Trump EPA’s rule that rescinded direct oil and gas methane limits, despite earlier concerns from some Democratic supporters about lending credence to a deregulatory tool whose use many environmentalists have long opposed.

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District court finalizes contested EPA air deal with Indiana utility

The consent decree approved by a federal district court judge in the state maintains Trump-era options for an electric utility to avoid installing air pollution controls if it closes power-generating units.

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In Loss For Biofuels Supporters, EPA Extends RFS Compliance Deadlines

EPA has finalized a Trump-era proposal to extend by 20 months the deadline for small refiners to comply with the 2019 renewable fuel standard (RFS) and is granting a broader 10-month extension for complying with the 2020 RFS, a move backed by the oil sector but a major loss for ethanol supporters who say it hurts efforts to increase use of biofuels.

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