Tag: EPA

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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Green Plains blames EPA’s hardship waivers for falling ethanol blend

Green Plains blames EPA’s hardship waivers for falling ethanol blend

August 7, 2018 |

In Nebraska, Platts reports that on Green Plains’ Q2 reporting call, the CEO said the fall in biofuel blending—falling to 9.64% in the week ended July 27—can be attributed to the missing gallons associated with the hardship waivers granted by the Environmental Protection Agency. A forthcoming appeals court case in the 10th Circuit of Appeals […]

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and EPA seek comments on CAFE  and GHG standards

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and EPA seek comments on CAFE and GHG standards

August 6, 2018 |

In Washington, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) propose to amend certain existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks and establish new standards, covering model years 2021 through 2026. The agencies are calling for stakeholders to submit comments […]

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New EPA administrator to continue issuing hardship waivers but with more transparence

New EPA administrator to continue issuing hardship waivers but with more transparence

August 1, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency told Congress that between appropriations that “remind” the agency to grant hardship waivers to small refineries as well as the fact that the EPA lost two lawsuits during the Obama administration for not granting enough waivers, his agency will continue to issue […]

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NBB files opening brief objecting to EPA’s methodology for setting 2018 RVOs

NBB files opening brief objecting to EPA’s methodology for setting 2018 RVOs

July 31, 2018 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board filed an opening brief July 27 in its lawsuit objecting to U.S. EPA’s methodology for establishing the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). NBB specifically disputes three issues with EPA’s final RFS rule for 2018, arguing: -EPA must account for all small refinery exemptions in the annual percentage standard; -the […]

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“There’s no place like home” grown sorghum

“There’s no place like home” grown sorghum

July 29, 2018 |

Sorghum sights are set high with EPA approval and recent genetic improvements The next time they re-make the Wizard of Oz movie, you might just see sorghum growing in the fields along the yellow brick road, thanks to sorghum’s big win last week when the U.S. EPA opened up pathways for sorghum oil to become […]

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EPA approves sorghum pathways for biofuel

EPA approves sorghum pathways for biofuel

July 25, 2018 |

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final notice approving a variety of pathways for renewable fuel derived from sorghum, including biodiesel. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the final pathway alongside Sens. Jerry Moran and Deb Fisher, Rep. Roger Marshall, the National Sorghum Producers, and the American Farm Bureau Federation. The newly approved […]

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Acting EPA administrator to continue on Pruitt’s path with RFS reform

Acting EPA administrator to continue on Pruitt’s path with RFS reform

July 25, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency will continue with reforms of the Renewable Fuel Standard unpopular with the biofuel industry including RIN generation from ethanol exports. He said he was open to some of the changes sought by the biofuels industry but will require compromise as well. Year-round […]

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Appeals court says EPA should look again at hardship waiver for WV refinery

Appeals court says EPA should look again at hardship waiver for WV refinery

July 23, 2018 |

In Maryland, Reuters reports that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Maryland has ruled the Environmental Protection Agency must reconsider a hardship waiver denied to Ergon’s 23,500 barrels per day specialty refinery in Newell, West Virginia. The court said the agency relied on “error-riddled” analysis it got from the Department of Energy that […]

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Biofuels and oil industry go head-to-head at EPA’s RFS hearing

Biofuels and oil industry go head-to-head at EPA’s RFS hearing

July 18, 2018 |

In Michigan, the biofuels and oil industries went head-to-head at the Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard proposed blending volumes for 2019 and 2020. The American Petroleum Institute said until Congress fixes the broken Renewable Fuel Standard, the Environmental Protection Agency must protect consumers from higher ethanol blended fuels that threaten […]

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