Tag: EPA

EPA seen announcing E15 and RIN reforms by February

EPA seen announcing E15 and RIN reforms by February

October 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the Environmental Protection Agency plans to announce its reform proposals for not just year-round E15 but also for RIN trading reforms by February. The EPA says that if it announces rules by February then the process could be finalized in time for year-round E15 sales to begin by June 1, […]

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NGL Crude pays $25M penalty for RFS fraud and retires $10M in RINs

NGL Crude pays $25M penalty for RFS fraud and retires $10M in RINs

September 30, 2018 |

In Oklahoma, NGL Crude Logistics LLC agreed to pay $25 million civil penalty and agreed to retire $10 million in renewable fuel production credits as part of the settlement with the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency. The Department of Justice and EPA alleged that NGL entered into a series of transactions with […]

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RFA testifies at EPA/NHTSA’s 3rd and final hearing on fuel economy proposal

RFA testifies at EPA/NHTSA’s 3rd and final hearing on fuel economy proposal

September 26, 2018 |

In Pennsylvania, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration held the third and final public hearing on their joint proposal for 2021-2026 fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards, at which the Renewable Fuels Association Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Kelly Davis testified. Davis said that “a high-octane, low-carbon fuel containing 20-40% […]

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House Biofuels Caucus members send letter to EPA urging year-round E15

House Biofuels Caucus members send letter to EPA urging year-round E15

September 20, 2018 |

In Washington, 24 members of the House Biofuels Caucus, led by Co-Chairs Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) sent a letter last week to Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the administration to lift summertime regulations on E15 and uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). President Trump has repeatedly indicated that the […]

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EPA releases hardship waivers data showing 29 refineries were granted 13.62 billion gallons of exemptions in 2017

EPA releases hardship waivers data showing 29 refineries were granted 13.62 billion gallons of exemptions in 2017

September 20, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency finally released data regarding small refinery hardship waivers, saying that 29 refineries were granted waivers from RIN compliance in 2017 compared to 19 in 2016 and just seven the year before. A total of 13.62 billion gallons of ethanol were exempted in 2017 as a result […]

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RFA and Growth Energy sue EPA and DOE over lack of transparency in refinery waivers process

RFA and Growth Energy sue EPA and DOE over lack of transparency in refinery waivers process

September 3, 2018 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy last week filed a lawsuit in federal district court, alleging that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) have improperly denied agency records requested by RFA, Growth Energy, and others under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The requested documents relate to […]

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Hard labor for Labor Day – Biofuel fraud criminals behind bars

Hard labor for Labor Day – Biofuel fraud criminals behind bars

September 2, 2018 |

While Labor Day in the U.S. started in the late 19th century to honor the American labor movement, today we are dealing with biofuel fraud cases that might lead to hard labor in prison. Biofuel fraud is making it to mainstream media with Friday night’s CBS News airing a segment featuring biofuels fraud whistleblower, Alex […]

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DOJ and EPA settle with Ag Processing over oil pollution prevention

DOJ and EPA settle with Ag Processing over oil pollution prevention

August 21, 2018 |

In Kansas, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 have entered into a consent decree with Ag Processing, Inc. (AGP) to ensure compliance with oil pollution prevention requirements of the Clean Water Act (CWA). As part of the settlement, the company has agreed to implement specific preventative […]

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Senator Grassley believes EPA has taken RIN generation from exports off the table

Senator Grassley believes EPA has taken RIN generation from exports off the table

August 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Senator Chuck Grassley says that following discussions with the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency he no longer believes that that controversial proposal to generate RINs from ethanol exports is still an option for reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The acting administrator has been coy about what reforms were likely to […]

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RFA launches ad campaign targeting EPA administrator while in Iowa

RFA launches ad campaign targeting EPA administrator while in Iowa

August 14, 2018 |

In Washington, coinciding with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s visit to Iowa this week, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is launching a week-long ad campaign in the state, urging the agency to follow the direction of President Trump by maintaining a strong Renewable Fuel Standard and approving year-round access to 15% ethanol (E15) blends. These actions […]

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