Tag: EPA

EPA looking at issuing partial hardship waivers for some of the 39 applications received in 2018

EPA looking at issuing partial hardship waivers for some of the 39 applications received in 2018

March 21, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to compromise on the issue of hardship waivers for small oil refineries, deciding it will issue partial waivers for some of the 39 applications it received for 2018 compliance. Only once has the EPA granted a partial waiver in the past and that was […]

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Senate confirms EPA Administrator

Senate confirms EPA Administrator

February 28, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Senate has confirmed the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to the role permanently in a tight 52-47 vote. Democrats and a sole Republican voted against his confirmation due to his record of easing environmental protections while the remaining Republicans eagerly welcomed him to the permanent position in […]

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Kern Oil threatens EPA with lawsuit over failed response to hardship waiver request

Kern Oil threatens EPA with lawsuit over failed response to hardship waiver request

February 27, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that Kern Oil sent a letter to the Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency on February 7 threatening to sue the agency after it failed to respond to its small refinery hardship waiver request within the 90 days prescribed by law. The California refinery applied for the waiver in July […]

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API’s newest report says EPA proposal to reform RINs even worse than status quo

API’s newest report says EPA proposal to reform RINs even worse than status quo

February 26, 2019 |

In Washington, the American Petroleum Institute released a new study that found EPA’s proposal to reform the Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) market will only worsen program. API’s new report finds that RINs prices tend to react to demand for RINs, which is directly related to EPA’s approach to setting annual renewable fuel volumes. This could […]

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EPA to finish up ethanol air quality study by March 2020 after Sierra Club lawsuit

EPA to finish up ethanol air quality study by March 2020 after Sierra Club lawsuit

February 25, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that following a lawsuit by the Sierra Club, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to the impact of ethanol as a vehicle fuel on air quality by March 2020, part of a partial agreement to settle the lawsuit overall. The Sierra Club says the study was originally due in 2012. The […]

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EPA preparing several options for RIN reform

EPA preparing several options for RIN reform

February 21, 2019 |

In Washington, Bloomberg reports that the under orders from President Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to propose a complete reform of RIN trading that would keep speculators such as banks out the market. There has been concern that speculation has led to higher RIN prices that have in turn burdened some parts of […]

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Republicans furious EPA chief rejected proposal to cut ethanol blending

Republicans furious EPA chief rejected proposal to cut ethanol blending

February 19, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency rejected a staff proposal last December that would have cut the biofuel blending mandate, a move that has enraged Republicans and threatened their votes in the Senate confirmation hearing that would make the acting administrator the permanent one. The proposal sought to […]

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Five Republican Senators threaten to block EPA administrator confirmation over RFS

Five Republican Senators threaten to block EPA administrator confirmation over RFS

February 14, 2019 |

In Washington, Bloomberg reports that five Republican Senators led by Senator Ted Cruz have sent a letter to the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency saying they would have a hard time voting to confirm him into the position unless he finds ways to lower the regulatory burden for independent oil refiners by reforming […]

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USDA deputy says EPA should implement year-round E15 even if it doesn’t get rulemaking done by summer

USDA deputy says EPA should implement year-round E15 even if it doesn’t get rulemaking done by summer

February 13, 2019 |

In Florida, Reuters reports that the deputy secretary of agriculture says the government should push through rules for year-rounding blending of E15 if the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t get rulemaking done in time as it should, though he did say he was confident such measures wouldn’t be necessary. He did say it would be up […]

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EPA says with implement year-round E15 together with RIN reforms

EPA says with implement year-round E15 together with RIN reforms

February 13, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency chose not to just make the ruling for year-round E15 but to also combine it with reform of the RIN market, on the behest of the President who said he wanted the two policies kept together. RIN reform will include credit trading limits in an effort […]

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