Tag: EPA

Senate subcommittee hearing tears into EPA and RFS challenges

Senate subcommittee hearing tears into EPA and RFS challenges

December 8, 2016 |

In Washington, a hearing was held last week by the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management to tackle concerns surrounding the Environment Protection Agency’s handling of biofuel blending mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard and recent reports from the White House’s General Accounting Office alleging that GHG emissions reductions goals won’t be achieved […]

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Trump taps anti-RFS attorney to lead EPA

Trump taps anti-RFS attorney to lead EPA

December 7, 2016 |

In Washington, president-elect Donald Trump has chosen Oklahoma’s attorney general to run the Environmental Protection Agency despite the AG’s long history of going to battle against the EPA on issues ranging from water to GHG emissions regulations. He is a known opponent to the Renewable Fuel Standard, says the policy is flawed and is in […]

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House gaining support to limit ethanol blending despite record RFS for 2017

House gaining support to limit ethanol blending despite record RFS for 2017

November 23, 2016 |

In Washington, as the Environmental Protection Agency boosts its ethanol blending mandate for 2017 to a record high of more than 18 billion gallons, Renewable Fuel Standard opponents are mounting up in Congress to reform or repeal the legislation in the next session. Already H.R. 5180, that seeks to limit ethanol blending at below the […]

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Back on Track: EPA issues on-time, robust Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2017-18

Back on Track: EPA issues on-time, robust Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2017-18

November 23, 2016 |

In Washington, the US Environmental Protection Agency released the 2017 renewable fuel volume obligations (and the 2018 volume obligations for biomass-based diesel), with a strong push beyond what has been termed the “blend wall” and stimulating refiners to implement more “cost-effective changes at their refineries to blend more renewable fuel.” The agency finalized a total […]

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EPA opens public comment period on shifting RFS point of obligation

EPA opens public comment period on shifting RFS point of obligation

November 22, 2016 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to deny several petitions requesting that EPA initiate a rulemaking process to reconsider or change its regulations that identify refiners and importers of gasoline and diesel fuel as the entities responsible for complying with the annual percentage standards adopted under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. EPA is […]

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EPA opens comment period on biointermediates, CCS and other regs

EPA opens comment period on biointermediates, CCS and other regs

November 22, 2016 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to update both its renewable fuels and other fuels regulations to reflect changes in the marketplace and to promote the growing use of both ethanol fuels (conventional and advanced) and non-ethanol advanced and cellulosic biofuels. The EPA is proposing to make several changes to the Renewable […]

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EPA rejects move to shift the Renewable Fuel Standard’s Point of Obligation 

EPA rejects move to shift the Renewable Fuel Standard’s Point of Obligation 

November 13, 2016 |

In Washington, the US EPA proposed to deny requests from petitioners to initiate a rulemaking to change the point of obligation for compliance under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. Due to the importance, complexity, and broad stakeholder interest in this issue, the agency is taking public comment on the proposed denials to ensure we receive […]

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EPA rejects idea to change “point of obligation” for RFS compliance

EPA rejects idea to change “point of obligation” for RFS compliance

November 10, 2016 |

In Washington, after consideration of all relevant information available to EPA on the issue, including information submitted by petitioners, available fuels market data, and information gathered by EPA from multiple market participants and interested parties, EPA is proposing to deny requests to initiate a rulemaking process to reconsider or change the regulations at 40 CFR […]

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RFA sees EPA boosting RFS 2017 to 15 billion gallons

RFA sees EPA boosting RFS 2017 to 15 billion gallons

November 7, 2016 |

In Washington, with the Environmental Protection Agency’s deadline to release the final blending volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2017 just over three weeks away, the Renewable Fuels Association is betting the blend for conventional ethanol will be at 15 billion gallons, above the 14.8 billion gallons the agency included in its draft rule. […]

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EPA to hold public hearing on Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule on December 6

EPA to hold public hearing on Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule on December 6

November 2, 2016 |

In Illinois, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a public hearing to be held in Chicago on December 6, 2016, for the proposed rule “Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule.” This proposed rule will be published separately in the Federal Register. The pre-publication version of this proposal can be found at https://www.epa.gov/renewable-fuel-standard-program/proposed-renewables-enhancement-and-growth-support-regs-rule. In the separate notice […]

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