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Wheeler taps former Colorado PUC head as EPA Region 8 chief

Gregory Sopkin is replacing Doug Benevento, who now has a job at EPA headquarters, in the agency’s Denver office.

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E15 Plan Faces Rocky Path In Face Of Oil Sector, Environmentalists’ Attacks

EPA’s proposal to waive fuel volatility requirements to allow year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) and to overhaul the market for biofuel credits is drawing strong legal attacks from the oil sector and major environmental groups opposed to increased ethanol use, signaling a rocky path ahead given near-certain litigation over the measure.

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White House Starts ACE Review, Sticking To June Deadline For Final Rule

White House regulatory officials have started interagency review of EPA’s draft final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule addressing greenhouse gases from existing power plants, the last step before the rule can go final, a move that suggests the agency remains on track to complete the rule by the end of June.

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High court declines to hear CWA 401 pipeline case

The justices decision is the second in recent days where environmentalists have failed to advance an appeal in a 401 case.

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Utility ELG Critics Tout Ruling Vacating Provisions To Bolster Suit On Delay

Environmentalists litigating the Trump administration’s partial delay of the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) utility effluent rule say a recent appellate ruling striking down provisions of the rule as unlawfully lax bolsters their suit, arguing the decision undermines key EPA legal claims ahead of oral argument next week over the delay.

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EPA Expected To Make ‘Fixes’ To NSR Proposal After Split From ACE

EPA is expected to take steps to “fix” several problems, including how emissions increases are calculated, in its proposal to ease new source review (NSR) permitting rules for coal plants, a plan originally part of the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to limit the plants’ greenhouse gases but from which it is now being split.

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Keystone foes seek to preserve push for new NEPA review

Environmentalists are seeking to retain an existing injunction on construction activities related to the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to leverage their claim the project requires an environmental review.

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API doubts EPA will grant call to extend E15 comment deadline

The agency appears unlikely to slow the pace of its highly contested proposal to allow summertime sales of E15 fuel, despite an oil sector request for more time for public comment.

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Western states, utilities advance low-carbon power goals

Lawmakers in Washington and Nevada are adopting stronger low-carbon standards for the power sector, while New Mexico's largest utility says it can beat a new state deadline to eliminate its carbon emissions.

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Biofuels Group Seeks Injunction To Halt Pending EPA RFS Refiner Waivers

A national biofuels advocacy group is asking a federal appeals court to issue an injunction immediately halting EPA’s consideration of dozens of potential renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers for small refiners, warning that without the injunction the agency might issue waivers before litigation over the waiver process is complete.

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