Tag: EPA

Advanced Biofuels USA Proposes Quicker, Cheaper Way to Achieve CO2 GHG Reduction Goals

Advanced Biofuels USA Proposes Quicker, Cheaper Way to Achieve CO2 GHG Reduction Goals

February 17, 2018 |

In Washington, DC, Advanced Biofuels USA’s Bob Kozak builds on the recent U.S. Department of Energy studies on the superior fuel economy and emission reductions that can come from ethanol-based high octane fuels with optimized internal combustion engines and proposes that the Environmental Protection Agency regulate actual life cycle CO2 mobility and transportation emissions, as […]

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API wants EPA to keep fair playing field for all refiners and not favor smaller ones

API wants EPA to keep fair playing field for all refiners and not favor smaller ones

February 14, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the American Petroleum Institute wrote the Environmental Protection Agency urging an even playing field for all refiners under the Renewable Fuels Standard and to not provide waivers for the two dozen smaller refiners who have applied for leniency, a move supported by several governors. The API has instead called for […]

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AFPM petitions EPA to reduce cellulosic biofuel mandates

AFPM petitions EPA to reduce cellulosic biofuel mandates

February 13, 2018 |

In Washington, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers has filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce mandated volumes of non-existent cellulosic biofuels. “Year after year, the cellulosic biofuel industry fails to produce the volumes mandated under the RFS, forcing refiners to pay a de facto phantom fuel tax to comply with […]

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EPA administrator says RIN reform is the way forward on the RFS

EPA administrator says RIN reform is the way forward on the RFS

February 1, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator said in an interview on Fox News that he believes Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ bankruptcy stems largely from required compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard and as such is indication that the policy must be reformed. Rather than getting rid of ethanol blending as a whole, […]

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EPA could make decision on E15 waiver authority soon

EPA could make decision on E15 waiver authority soon

January 31, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency should decided soon whether or not it has the authority to approve E15 use year-round. Currently E15 can’t be sold during summer months because of air quality regulations but requests have been made for a waiver to the law, including taking the legislative path through Congress, […]

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EPA gives PES 30 days to buy more RINs

EPA gives PES 30 days to buy more RINs

January 30, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has given Pennsylvania Energy Solutions another 30 days, until May 1, to comply with its RFS obligations, forcing the company back into the market to buy RINs—likely using a $120 million debtor-in-possession loan to partly fund the move—after it had been selling off RINs in recent […]

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EPA criticized for RFS small refinery exemption provisions

EPA criticized for RFS small refinery exemption provisions

January 27, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about the “lack of transparency” in EPA’s management of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) small refinery exemption provisions. The letter from RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen warns that “an ill-conceived and unauthorized expansion of this exemption could destabilize the […]

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EPA settles with SeQuential a $31,893 penalty for several federal Clean Water Act violations

EPA settles with SeQuential a $31,893 penalty for several federal Clean Water Act violations

January 2, 2018 |

In California, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached a settlement with Encore Oils, LLC and Ottone-Salinas, Inc., to take steps to reduce the risk of oil spills from their biodiesel processing facility in Salinas, CA to the Monterey Bay watershed. The agreement, which includes a $31,893 penalty, resolves several federal Clean Water Act violations. Encore […]

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A New Years Resolution for EPA: Do Your Job!

A New Years Resolution for EPA: Do Your Job!

January 1, 2018 |

By Doug Sombke, South  Dakota Farmers Union Special to The Digest This time of year many of us wrestle with New Years Resolutions–what can we do that we did not do last year? What can we do better? How can we improve ourselves and maybe in the process make the world a better place? Well, for […]

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EPA publishes proposed rulemaking for sorghum oil pathways

EPA publishes proposed rulemaking for sorghum oil pathways

December 22, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published their notice of proposed rulemaking for sorghum oil pathways which allows an opportunity to comment on the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with biofuels that are produced from grain sorghum oil extracted at dry mill ethanol plants. The notice says that the “EPA’s evaluation of […]

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