Tag: EPA

House Biofuels Caucus member send letter to EPA supporting year-round EPA

House Biofuels Caucus member send letter to EPA supporting year-round EPA

May 23, 2019 |

In Washington, 20 members of the House Biofuels Caucus, led by Co-Chairs Collin Peterson (D-MN), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), and Roger Marshall (R-KS), who sent a bipartisan letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler in support of the year-round sales of E15. The lawmakers called on EPA to finish lifting outdated […]

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Senator Duckworth seeks independent investigation into EPA’s hardship waiver process

Senator Duckworth seeks independent investigation into EPA’s hardship waiver process

May 23, 2019 |

In Washington, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to launch an independent investigation into whether top EPA officials violated the law by inappropriately exempting a number of oil refineries from having to use legally required levels of biofuel. A recent report from Reuters exposed […]

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Appeals court shoots down ABA’s temporary injunction request against EPA

Appeals court shoots down ABA’s temporary injunction request against EPA

May 22, 2019 |

In Washington, the Washington Examiner reports that the US Court of Appeals in DC has ruled against the request by the Advanced Biofuels Association to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from ruling on applications for hardship waivers with a temporary injunction, but the court’s one-page ruling didn’t include why it denied the request for the […]

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EPA eased hardship waiver criteria four months before court decision

EPA eased hardship waiver criteria four months before court decision

May 16, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency eased its hardship waiver application approval criteria four months before the legal case that it uses to justify the easier process that has been saving the oil industry money while jeopardizing the ethanol industry. “EPA repeatedly told Congress its hands were tied and blamed the courts. […]

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EPA confirms year-round E15 will be ready by June 1

EPA confirms year-round E15 will be ready by June 1

May 15, 2019 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the Environmental Protection Agency still expects to have regulations for year-round sales of E15 ready in time for the summer driving season that kicks off on June 1. An agency spokeswoman who confirmed the timeline didn’t get any insight into how far along the EPA is in its process. There […]

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EPA provides guidance on corn kernel fiber pathway

EPA provides guidance on corn kernel fiber pathway

May 9, 2019 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has provided guidance on how to demonstrate that an analytical method for determining the cellulosic converted fraction of corn kernel fiber co-processed with starch at a traditional ethanol facility satisfies the applicable regulatory requirements. Public confidence in the volumes of cellulosic ethanol produced under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) […]

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EPA receives waiver application input from DOE but no date on decisions

EPA receives waiver application input from DOE but no date on decisions

May 2, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has at last received input from the Department of Energy on its recommendations regarding the 2018 hardship waiver applications submitted by smaller refineries. There are currently 40 outstanding applications awaiting decision from the 2018 compliance year. The long-awaited decision could come around the end of May […]

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EPA denies NWF and API’s requests to extend comment period on year-round E15

EPA denies NWF and API’s requests to extend comment period on year-round E15

April 30, 2019 |

In Washington, the National Wildlife Federation as well as the American Petroleum Institute requested that the Environmental Protection Agency extend the public comment period for the proposed rule. EPA sent letters explaining our denial of these requests to each of these organizations, saying that the 39-day comment period was sufficient time to get feedback from […]

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White House halts EPA’s attempts to reveal companies seeking hardship waivers

White House halts EPA’s attempts to reveal companies seeking hardship waivers

April 30, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that following push back from the oil industry, the White House has put the kibosh on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to publish the names of companies seeking hardship waivers for small refiners under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The White House hadn’t reviewed the proposal put forward by the EPA on […]

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Advanced Biofuels Association seeks preliminary injunction against EPA over SREs

Advanced Biofuels Association seeks preliminary injunction against EPA over SREs

April 24, 2019 |

In Washington, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) filed a motion on Wednesday for a preliminary injunction to prevent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler from granting any additional small refinery exemptions (SREs) to release obligated parties from compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) until the resolution of its pending lawsuit against EPA. […]

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