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California, Other States Craft ‘Action Plan’ To Spur ZEV Truck Deployment

California and seven other states are committing to develop an action plan to put “hundreds of thousands more zero-emission trucks and buses” on the road to help slash conventional pollutants and greenhouse gases, an effort that will in part prioritize subsidies for technology and infrastructure development.

A major ethanol producer in a new legal filing says EPA is arbitrarily blocking approval of its cellulosic ethanol production method under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), with the dispute affecting both the broader biofuel industry and potentially the agency’s forthcoming proposal to slash statutory RFS blending volumes for cellulosic fuels.

EPA appears poised to overhaul the process the agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) has used for reviewing the science underlying ongoing rulemakings, with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler floating a new, “immediately effective” process that gives no role for SAB’s existing work group and instead places all decisions with SAB’s chair.

RICHMOND, VA -- Lawyers representing the oil industry and the city of Baltimore drew tough questions from appellate judges weighing the industry’s appeal of a lower court ruling that held the city’s climate nuisance suit belongs in state, not federal, court, with the judges’ questions focusing on “federal officer removal jurisdiction” doctrine.