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Tracking the latest agency and congressional debates over rules to cut emissions of traditional pollutants, and a broad range of novel EPA policies including the agency's shift to a "multipollutant" regulatory approach for individual sectors.

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Tracking the latest agency and congressional debates over rules to cut emissions of traditional pollutants, and a broad range of novel EPA policies including the agency's shift to a "multipollutant" regulatory approach for individual sectors.

Senators Wage Bipartisan Push To Protect RFS Amid Doubts On Trump Plan

Democratic and Republican senators are waging a bipartisan push to preserve the future of EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) amid doubts over President Donald Trump's plan for the program, given his call for reducing regulatory burdens on fuel producers and new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's prior strong attacks on the RFS. In a letter sent to Pruitt Feb. 17 -- the same day as his confirmation -- five GOP senators from ethanol-producing states ask EPA to lift a vapor pressure...

EPA Urged To Further Promote Ethanol With RFS Fuel 'Enhancement' Plan

Major ethanol industry groups are urging EPA to take additional steps to promote the fuel as part of its proposed rule to “enhance” the market for fuels that qualify for sale under the agency's renewable fuel standard (RFS), warning that some parts of the plan could have the unintended consequence of creating new barriers to ethanol sales. But whether the ethanol sector can persuade the Trump EPA to revise the Obama-era proposal and make it more favorable to the industry...

Ethanol, Oil Industries Back EPA Proposal To Retain RFS 'Obligation' Point

Ethanol and oil industry groups are both backing EPA's proposal to reject a request from some refiners to shift the renewable fuel standard “point of obligation” compliance mandate from refiners and importers of fuel to companies that blend renewable fuels into transportation fuel, a rare unified position between the competing sectors. However, the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) -- representing many gasoline and petrochemical companies -- and others are expected to use their pending comments on the Obama administration's...

Emails Detail Pruitt's Prior Coordination With Fossil Groups On EPA Rules

Newly released emails from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's time as Oklahoma attorney general (AG) show several examples where he or top officials in his office coordinated with fossil fuel groups to target EPA's climate and air regulations, bolstering critics' claims that the new administrator is too close with industry. The more than 7,500 documents -- released Feb. 22 by the group Center for Media and Democracy (CDM) following a state court ruling ordering the AG's office to turn them over...




Industry groups detail challenge to HFC refrigerant rules

An industry coalition says it will challenge what it calls EPA's unlawful expansion of Clean Air Act refrigerant handling rules to cover “substitute” chemicals with lower global warming potential (GWP), in a suit testing EPA's ability to impose leak-prevention measures on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) climate-warming refrigerants. In its Feb. 17 statement of issues in the consolidated case National Environmental Development Association's Clean Air Project (NEDA/CAP) v. EPA , now pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...


Trump DOJ Backs Obama EPA's Attacks On Air Rule 'Jobs' Review Ruling

The Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) is backing the Obama EPA's opposition to a federal district judge's order for EPA to broadly review how its Clean Air Act rules have affected jobs in the coal sector, asking an appellate court to overturn the ruling and defying expectations that the new administration would comply with the order. DOJ on behalf of the Trump EPA filed its opening appellate brief Feb. 21 in Murray Energy, et al., v. EPA, et al. ,...

Morrisey Hopes Trump Seeks Broad Rollback Of EPA Power Plant GHG Rules

West Virginia Attorney General (AG) Patrick Morrisey (R), one of the most ardent critics of EPA's power plant greenhouse gas rules, hopes that an executive order President Donald Trump is slated to sign will seek a broad rollback of the agency's rules for both new and existing sources, suggesting some uncertainty about the scope of the order. In an exclusive interview with Inside EPA Feb. 21, Morrisey expressed hopes that the order is broad in scope to end litigation...

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