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  • A White House spokesperson confirmed that the Trump administration will maintain the small refinery waiver proposal that the Environmental Protection Agency released in October. The administration risks facing farmers’ ire by sticking with its plan, which would increase biofuel blending requirements based on Energy Department recommendations rather than volumes exempted by the waivers. (Reuters)
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission voted 3-2 to release a proposed rule to mandate that multinational oil and gas companies disclose money they give to foreign governments. The rule is required under the 2010 Dodd-Frank banking reform act, but past iterations of the regulation have been overturned in court and rolled back by lawmakers and President Donald Trump. (S&P Global Platts)
  • Twin Metals Minnesota, a mining company owned by the Chilean firm Antofagasta PLC, filed paperwork to the state for its proposed underground copper-nickel mine in Minnesota near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The project, which also faces a federal analysis by the Bureau of Land Management, is opposed by environmentalists concerned about its potential impacts on local air and water. (The Associated Press)

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