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Energy & Environment Update - May 2014

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of State - Department of...more

Legal Alert: EPA Sends Rule Amending Renewable Fuel Biogas Provisions to the White House for Final Review

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent amendments to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that would further incorporate the use of biogas into the RFS. OMB...more

OMB Reviewing RFS Pathways Rule As Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Activity Remains High

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reportedly received the final rule on "RFS Pathways II and Technical Amendments to the RFS2 Standards" (RFS Pathways II rule) from EPA. This is the last step in the...more

Petroleum Groups Want Biodiesel “Loophole” Closed In RIN Quality Assurance Rule

API, AFPM, and ExxonMobil urged EPA and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to eliminate the ability of biodiesel producers to sever RINs from batches of fuels produced as part of an upcoming final rule establishing a...more

What is the Social Cost of Carbon? OMB is now Taking Comments on that Issue.

The federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is now seeking public comment on how the United States government should calculate the “social cost of carbon” – the dollar figure used by federal agencies to estimate the...more

Waters of the United States: Definitely a Regulation, Not Guidance

Last week, what appears to be a draft (so long that it is in two separate parts) of EPA’s proposed rule defining “waters of the United States” was widely circulated. Part of what I love about this story is that it is...more

Agencies Send OMB Draft Regulations Defining Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

After years of starts and stops, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have drafted a proposed regulation that will significantly affect which waters are subject to regulation under the...more

Energy And Environment Update -- September 30, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Nuclear...more

Yes, Indeed, A Victory For Regulation Over Guidance

EPA’s used its blog today to announce that it and the Army Corps of Engineers have sent to OMB a draft rule clarifying the scope of jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. It appears that EPA has finally given up on its...more

A Victory For Regulation Over Guidance? Are EPA and the Corps Giving Up on Post-Rapanos Wetlands Guidance?

As readers of this blog know, EPA’s use of guidance is a frequent pet peeve of mine. The issue has arisen with particular force in connection with EPA’s efforts to define Clean Water Act jurisdiction following the Supreme...more

Capital Thinking Update - February 11, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations, and Sequestration - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial...more

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