Tag: EPA

Marathon seeking hardship waiver for smallest refinery

Marathon seeking hardship waiver for smallest refinery

May 23, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that despite all of the heat on the Environmental Protection Agency for issuing hardship waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard that have so far represented a loss of 1.8 billion gallons of ethanol demand, the country’s second-largest oil refiner—Marathon—has applied for a waiver for its 93,000 barrel per day plant in […]

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EPA sends to the White House proposal to block high ethanol blends for non-flex fuel vehicles

EPA sends to the White House proposal to block high ethanol blends for non-flex fuel vehicles

May 21, 2018 |

In Washington, a proposed rule to make ethanol blends above 15% illegal in anything other than flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) is a potential death blow to the ethanol industry according to the Urban Air Initiative. This coincidently comes at a time when auto manufacturers are phasing out FFVs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the […]

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Renewable fuel credits changed little in April

Renewable fuel credits changed little in April

May 18, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., the Environmental Protection Agency said that the U.S. generated similar numbers of renewable fuel blending credits in April compared with March. Some 1.24 billion ethanol (D6) blending credits were generated in April, little changed from March, and 314 million biodiesel (D4) blending credits were generated in April, compared with 310 million a […]

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EPA administrator grilled by Senate panel over budget and ethical allegations

EPA administrator grilled by Senate panel over budget and ethical allegations

May 16, 2018 |

In Washington, after coming under pressure from Senator Chuck Grassley earlier this week regarding hardship waivers, CNN reports that the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator was set to face a Senate panel hearing Wednesday to answer for ethical and spending allegations that have been under scrutiny for the past several weeks. Dozens of investigations from his […]

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EPA may seek public comment on RIN transparency during 2019 RVO consultation

EPA may seek public comment on RIN transparency during 2019 RVO consultation

May 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to take advantage of the forthcoming public comment period on 2019 renewable volume obligations to also seek input on potential reform of the RIN market as it tries to boost transparency in the $9 billion market that has been accused of manipulation. The EPA […]

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Grassley has had enough of EPA administrator if he doesn’t stop granting RIN waivers

Grassley has had enough of EPA administrator if he doesn’t stop granting RIN waivers

May 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that Senator Chuck Grassley has taken to Twitter to tell the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator to clean up his act on hardship waivers under the Renewable Fuels Standard or to start looking for another job. The senator has held back from supporting calls for the administrator’s resignation despite pressure from other […]

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EPA sent 2019 and 2020 RVOs on time to the White House for review

EPA sent 2019 and 2020 RVOs on time to the White House for review

May 14, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the Environmental Protection Agency will likely publish 2019 ethanol blending and 2020 biodiesel blending volumes on time following records released by the Office of Management and Budget that showed EPA has submitted its proposals to the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The agency is required to set […]

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Midwest biofuels groups ask EPA to prioritize cellulosic ethanol

Midwest biofuels groups ask EPA to prioritize cellulosic ethanol

May 6, 2018 |

In Iowa, five Midwest biofuels associations sent a letter to the EPA asking the agency to shift administrative time and staff away from demand-destroying Renewable Fuel Standard exemptions and toward pathway approvals for cellulosic ethanol. The letter was signed by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Wisconsin BioFuels Association, South Dakota Ethanol […]

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Advanced Biofuels Association takes EPA to court over hardship waivers

Advanced Biofuels Association takes EPA to court over hardship waivers

May 2, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Advanced Biofuels Association submitted a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC to review whether the Environmental Protection Agency violated laws by granting so many hardship waivers in recent months to smaller refiners. With major companies like Andeavor that had $1.5 billion in net profit last […]

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Eighteen Senators push EPA to approve E15 year-round

Eighteen Senators push EPA to approve E15 year-round

May 1, 2018 |

In Washington, U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) joined 16 of their Senate colleagues in writing to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt highlighting the benefits of year-round E15 sales. The letter comes weeks after the president indicated he supported such a waiver. Thune and Rounds want Pruitt to provide an […]

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