Engine products group files legal challenge to EPAs partial waiver for E15

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The newly formed Engine Products Group (EPG)—comprising the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance), The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. The petition challenges the ability of EPA to grant a partial waiver for three specific reasons: The Clean Air Act does not authorize EPA to issue any partial waiver decisions. A partial waiver, by its nature, necessarily will result in the misfueling of products not designed or tested for E-15 use.

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Nine states and DC to design regional approach to cap greenhouse gas emissions from transportation

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A coalition of nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia announced their intent to design a new regional low-carbon transportation policy proposal that would cap and reduce carbon emissions from the combustion of transportation fuels, and invest proceeds from the program into low-carbon and more resilient transportation infrastructure. The work of TCI is facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center.

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Petroleum and refiners organizations file suit to reverse EPA’s second partial waiver for E15

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The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), the International Liquid Terminals Association and the Western States Petroleum Association have filed a lawsuit with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn a recent decision by the Environmental Protection Agency authorizing blends up to E15 for newer-model vehicles.

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Preliminary approval of VW 2.0L TDI settlement program in US

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Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has granted preliminary approval of the settlement agreement reached on 28 June with private plaintiffs represented by the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) to resolve civil claims regarding eligible Volkswagen and Audi 2.0L Individual class members will now receive notification of their rights and options under the agreement. Judge Charles R.

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Coalition of 11 states sues US EPA over soot rules

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A coalition of 11 states filed a lawsuit to compel the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promptly to revise national air quality standards for air pollution involving soot. Led by the State of New York, the coalition also includes California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

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Freightliner Inspiration truck receives autonomous vehicle licensing from Nevada DMV

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The Highway Pilot links together a set of camera technology and radar systems with lane stability, collision avoidance, speed control, braking, steering and other monitoring systems. This combination creates a NHTSA Level 3 autonomous vehicle operating system that can perform safely under a range of highway driving conditions. The radar unit in the center area of the Freightliner Inspiration Truck front bumper scans the road ahead at long and short range.

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IIHS: Speed limit increases in US caused 33,000 deaths over 20 years

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In 2013 alone, the increases resulted in 1,900 additional deaths, essentially canceling out the number of lives saved by frontal airbags that year. Charles Farmer, IIHS vice president for research and statistical services and the author of the study, looked at deaths per billion miles traveled by state and roadway type. That number is approximately equal to the nationwide annual tally of fatalities during recent years.

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Engineered E. coli produce styrene from glucose

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coli to produce the commodity petrochemical styrene—a synthetic chemical derived from petroleum and natural gas products that is used worldwide in the manufacture of products such as rubber, plastic, insulation, fiberglass, pipes, automobile parts, food containers, and carpet backing—from glucose. Here we demonstrate how, through the de novo design and development of a novel metabolic pathway, styrene can alternatively be synthesized from renewable substrates such as glucose.

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EPA Grants California Vehicle GHG Regulations Waiver

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California requested from EPA the waiver required for implementation of the Pavley regulations in December 2005. This previous decision was based on an interpretation of the Clean Air Act finding that California did not have a need for its greenhouse gas emission standards to meet “ compelling and extraordinary conditions. ” ( Earlier post.). Shortly after taking office in January, President Barack Obama directed EPA to assess the appropriateness of denying the waiver.

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