Tag: EPA

EPA abandons RFS rulemaking for 2014

EPA abandons RFS rulemaking for 2014

November 21, 2014 |

In Washington, the U.S. EPA announced it is delaying finalization of the long-awaited 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Renewable Volume Obligations until 2015. The proposed 2014 rule ran into a steamroller of opposition from renewable fuel groups, who said the proposed rule substantially cutting biofuels targets “pulled the rug” from underneath billions of dollars investment made […]

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EPA’s legal standing on RFS may hinge on “distribution capacity” language

EPA’s legal standing on RFS may hinge on “distribution capacity” language

November 4, 2014 |

In Washington, some analysts expect that any legal case on the EPA’s delayed implementation of the 2014 RFS will hinder on the term “distribution capacity” because it was dropped in the final law passed in 2005. Though the Renewable Fuel Standard grants the EPA the right to wind down blending targets if there isn’t enough […]

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Urban Air Initiative, Energy Future Coalition say EPA emissions model has fatal flaws for ethanol industry

Urban Air Initiative, Energy Future Coalition say EPA emissions model has fatal flaws for ethanol industry

November 3, 2014 |

In Washington, the Urban Air Initiative and Energy Future Coalition have jointly sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy claiming that the EPA’s Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES) model for assessing mobile source emissions is seriously flawed, and could effectively block access to the market for higher ethanol blends. The letter requests an immediate […]

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Biobased group petitions EPA to level playing field for biodiesel

Biobased group petitions EPA to level playing field for biodiesel

October 29, 2014 |

In Washington, on October 21, 2014, the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) submitted petitions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that biodiesel fuel manufacturers be granted the same Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) exemptions that petroleum-based diesel manufacturers already receive. BRAG made its petitions through two mechanisms allowed under Toxic Substances Control […]

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API defeated again over E15 waivers in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals

API defeated again over E15 waivers in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals

October 27, 2014 |

In Washington, the American Petroleum Institute and the Engine Products Group suffered another defeat in the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, who held to their previous ruling in GMA v. EPA over E15 waivers. The court decided that API and EPG did not have standing because “they cannot show that […]

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EPA emissions model has fatal flaws for ethanol industry, claim the Urban Air Initiative and Energy Future Coalition

EPA emissions model has fatal flaws for ethanol industry, claim the Urban Air Initiative and Energy Future Coalition

October 27, 2014 |

In Washington, the Urban Air Initiative and Energy Future Coalition have jointly sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy claiming that the EPA’s Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES) model for assessing mobile source emissions is seriously flawed, and could effectively block access to the market for higher ethanol blends. The letter requests an immediate […]

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sue EPA over RFS

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sue EPA over RFS

October 22, 2014 |

In Washington, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to provide documents regarding oil industry efforts to influence the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard. Last May, following a Reuters article describing how the Carlyle Group and Delta Airlines had lobbied members of Congress and the administration […]

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QCCP gets EPA certification for D3 RIN generation

QCCP gets EPA certification for D3 RIN generation

October 21, 2014 |

In Minnesota, Quad County Corn Processors has achieved EPA certification to generate D3 Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) for cellulosic ethanol produced with Cellerate™ process technology. Formerly known as Adding Cellulosic Ethanol, Cellerate is a collaboration between Syngenta and Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quad County Corn Processors. QCCP earned D3 pathway […]

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Amyris, Solazyme win EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award

Amyris, Solazyme win EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award

October 20, 2014 |

In the US, the EPA has awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Award to five recipients: Amyris, Professor Shannon Stahl, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Solazyme, QD Vision, Inc, and the Solberg Company. Amyris received the prize in the small business category, and Solazyme received one of three awards for “greener reaction conditions, designing greener chemicals, and greener […]

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EPA says blend wall challenges the main hold up to releasing RFS 2014

EPA says blend wall challenges the main hold up to releasing RFS 2014

October 15, 2014 |

In Washington, the EPA says that infrastructure constraints at gas stations, better known as the blend wall, is one of the reasons keeping the agency from announcing the 2014 RFS. Falling gasoline demand has meant less ethanol was required to hit that blend wall of 10%. It also says it is conscious of the period […]

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